Agricom.id, SULSEL – In the late days, porang is the trend to develop namely after Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo released 60 tons of export or equal to 1,2 billion rupiah to China. Why does the export increase? As a matter of fact, porang, just like other bulbs, has carbohydrate, fat, nutrient, mineral, vitamin and food fiber. Carbohydrate is the essential material in porang which consists of starch, glucomannan, rough fiber, and reducing sugar.
South Sulawesi is one province where the people mostly develop porang. After visiting the factory to process talas satoimo of PT Tridanawa Perkasa Indonesia (TPI) Makassar, Chairman of Tim Penggerak PKK, South Sulawesi, Lies F Nurdin directly saw the cultivation of porang. The wife of the governor of South Sulawesi told that porang is popular in the late days for it has economic price.
“Porang is very useful but many people do not know it. China and Japan imported porang in lots of numbers. It has low carbohydrate and good for the diabetes,” she said, Monday (30/6/2020) as in the official written statement to Agricom.id.
In the same spot, Head of Food, Horticulture, and Plantation Agency, South Sulawesi Province, Andi Ardin Tjatjo explained that talas satoimo and porang would be developed to be the export commodities. Porang could also be the sources of food security in the family but it needs further development. There are ten districts producing porang, such as, Bone, Soppeng, Wajo, Pinrang, and most regions in Luwu.
“The production of talas satoimo is not in big number still, just about 20 to 30 tons per hectare per district. But porang is developed well because most districts plant it,” he said.
“The price is competitive enough. It is about Rp 9 thousand per kilogram. If one hectares porang could grow for about 40 thousand trees and per tree could produce 2 kilograms, there would be Rp 720 million to get in eight months,” he said.
Director of PT Satoimo, Arifuddin who cultivates porang said that this would be the primadona because it is easy to cultivate. It is not as difficult as other plantations. It is relatively expensive though it would spend some time to harvest – could be one or two years. For the market namely in Makassar, there are four to five factories ready to buy porang and it is not a worry.
“We do hope that the government could produce the products that our people can consume. They should not be exported only to China, Korea, and Japan. Porang has high fiber, but low carbohydrate. The rice of porang is called siratake and could be about 100 thousand rupiah per kilogram,” he said.
In the other spot, Director of Bean and Bulbs, General Directorate of Food Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Amiruddin Pohan said that porang is not new plantation in Indonesia. Many people planted it years before but it is just new thing that the government exists to increase the production for it has good markets.
“Porang is potential to export but it is not in large numbers. The exports are wide open to do but for this time, it is exported in the form of chips and flour,” he said.
“We do hope that this could be the source of new economy for the farmers, namely in South Sumatera,” he asked for.
General Director of Food Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Suwandi said that the exports of food plantations in 2019 reached 200 thousand tons or about Rp 2 billion. Bean which could be harvested for about two months is one food plantation which is good to export. The numbers reached 33 thousand tons.
"We also have porang and it reached 11 thousand tons. It is good to export massively. Porang is one food plantation which has big potential and it is promising business to other countries. This is the same with what Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo said within the program, tiga kali ekspor (Gratieks),” he said. (A2)