Agricom.id, SIGI – Many farmers now cultivate porang in many regions. One of them is the millennial farmers of South Sulawesi, Syaharuddin Alrif. It is the trend and many countries want to cultivate it and makes it in high demands.
“Cultivating porang is the good prospect. I myself know that it could grow well. It has different height, some could grow up to 1 and 1,5 meter. I am optimist that the cultivation of porang in Sub district of Dolo, District of Sigi, Central Sulawesi would be good,” he said, as in the official statement to Agricom.id, Friday (2/4/2021).
He also thought that porang is exported to many countries, such as, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, and others in the forms of chips, flour, and others to have additional values.
“We do cultivate porang in Central Sulawesi on a two hectare - areas and we just did in January this year. We would develop it massively,” he said.
He also mentioned that porang naturally grows without fertilizer but it needs roofs so it would not get too much heat. It does not need much water if it is planted in good areas.
For information, Syaharuddin is one inspirational farmer of porang in2020 selected by Ministry of Agriculture. He develops porang cultivated by millennial farmers covering 50 hectares in District of Sidrap, South Sulawesi.
Governor of Central Sulawesi, Rusdy Mastura told, porang would be the new commodity to be the promising solution in agriculture to be planted in abandoned areas in the province.
“What I know is that the plant could be in intercrops with others,” he said. (A2)