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Development of Processing Industry for Diversification of Corn Product PDF Print E-mail
Written by fkusnandar   
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Indonesia is a tropical country with a vast diversity in its agricultural production system. The climate of Indonesia is important to the agro-eco system and the varieties of food sources. The major Indonesia’s crop production is confined to rice, corn, soybeans, peanuts, cassava and sweet potato (BPS, 1999). Rice is still the commodity of major importance and is still within government’s publicly emphasized food security commitment.   The national food security program should be directed not only on rice availability but also on other carbohydrate sources, such as corn, sweet-potato, and sago. However, these agricultural commodities are often considered less superior than rice. In fact, the commodities have good nutritional values and functionality and can be processed into various food products that have commercial potency, which can push the development of production sector and economic activities. The development of the commodities requires the improvement of agriculture production system, processing technology yielding good quality and cheap processed food, socialization to encourage community acceptance as well as government policy support. Since 2002, the Ministry of Research and Technology of Republic of Indonesia has introduced a top down strategic research program, namely National Excellent Strategic Research (NESR) or “Riset Unggulan Strategis Nasional” (RUSNAS) Program. One of the NESR Program, which is coordinated by SEAFAST Center-IPB, is focused to accelerate the development of food diversification program based on local carbohydrate sources, especially corn, sweet potato, and sago. These agricultural commodities have great possibility of on-farm operation, contain nutritional and functional value, and have become staple food by part of the Indonesia people. The NESR program initiates to synergy existing capability of all related institutions in order to master technology roadmap needed by strategic production sector; build networking between academician, businessman and government (ABG) to strengthen innovation capability; and establish industrial cluster, especially by involving small medium enterprises (SME). The design of NESR program is expected to overcome the technology constraints in the establishment of food processing industries based on local commodities that can support food diversification program.

This paper discusses the concept development of corn-based processing industry in the perspective of Indonesia condition in order to diversify and increase the added value of corn and its relationship with regional development program (Dahrul Syah and Feri Kusnandar)

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