InfoSAWIT, MEDAN – In the official statement of Ministry of Cooperation, Small and Medium Business (SMB) that InfoSAWIT got, Friday (8/7/2022), it was mentioned that President Joko Widodo directly asked for Minister of Cooperation SMB, Teten Masduki that the ready cooperation in some regions should build red palm cooking oil factory as the alternative way to prevent stunting and bad nutrients in the society.
Knowing this, Teten would follow up and encourage some cooperation to start producing red palm cooking oil. “President urged us to follow up that the cooperation could be red palm cooking oil producers. We would do it because there is some cooperation ready to realize it,” he said.
He continued, next week President Joko Widodo would conduct meeting by involving Ministry of Cooperation SMB, Ministry of Enterprises, Ministry of Agriculture, National Food Agency, and Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency.
Teten told, red palm cooking oil is the innovation of derivative product from crude palm oil (CPO). It can be applied for foods because it has multi-function, starting to fry, consume as food oil. Red palm cooking oil is good in high nutrients, has beta-carotene, vitamin A, phytonutrient, fat acid composition and becomes the strategic functional product to conquer stunting in Indonesia. Phytonutrient and Vitamin E can be consumed as the active material for cosmetic which is good to anti-aging and material for pharmacy to prevent degenerative disease.
He continued, the cooperation in Indonesia is potential to be red palm cooking oil producer which many micro, small, and medium businesses could supply because the investment is cheaper than commercial mill. Besides the logistic cost would be relatively cheaper. “We need to accelerate palm oil downstream program by the cooperation and the smallholders would be getting bigger economic value. Their production could be absorbed well,” Minister Teten said. (T5)