InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Fruits are perishable and they are easy to get rotten. The bad or rotten fruit happens for its natural process or the bad post-harvest management, for instance when delivering or distributing the fruits.
The short storage time would make fruit sellers, traders, or exporters difficult to sell their products worldwide, namely those in abroad, such as, Middle East, and European Union.
Pusat Riset Agroindustri led by Organisasi Riset Pertanian dan Pangan from Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional (BRIN) created the coating solvent from palm oil derivative products to prolong the storage time but still make the fruit fresh. The research was supported by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA).
Head of Program Division PFMA, Arfie Thahar said his side fully supported the research by Pusat Riset Agroindustri BRIN because Indonesia is the biggest palm oil producer in the world and most of the export products are in crude palm oil (CPO) still.
“The more derivative products are invented the more added values would be got for the welfare of Indonesia. The coating solvent on the fruit is one example to advantage palm oil derivative products,” he recently said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
Meanwhile, Chief of Organisasi Riset Pertanian dan Pangan (ORPP) BRIN, Puji Lestari programmed that palm oil researches would be from on-farm and off-farm and would involve every researcher in ORPP BRIN.
One phase in fruit coating solvent was to get the feedback from the people to make the research outcome perfect. That is why fruit coating solvent was applied to the fruit producers and businessmen in East Java on 23 to 26 May 2022 in Batu. Mayor of Batu did welcome the process because Batu is one mainstay fruits producer in East Java.
Head of BRIN in his speech read by Deputy of Research and Innovation Advantage, Hendryan really supported what Pusat Riset Agroindustri did by hoping that the coating application in palm oil – base could be advantaged by the people and fruit businessmen to expand their markets and could increase the fruit exports and exchange for the country. The mainstay of coating solvent from palm oil is that it is cheaper than it from other materials, such as, bee wax.
Head of Pusat Riset Agroindustri, Mulyana mentioned, the cheap solvent coating from palm oil is because the material is formulated from palm oil derivative products which are abundant in Indonesia.
“Solvent coating in palm oil – base is safe to be consumed and it is in edible coating category. The application of solvent coating in mango is proved to make longer storage time and it is much fresher three times than it without having solvent coating,” he said. (T2)