Japanese Taro/Satoimo’s (Colocasia Esculenta Var Antiquorum). Potential and Opportunities as Alternative Food to Support Food Security

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Japanese Taro/Satoimo’s (Colocasia Esculenta Var Antiquorum). Potential
and Opportunities as Alternative Food to Support Food Security

Heni Purwaningsih*, Irawati, Nurdeana C and Umi Pudji Astuti
Yogyakarta Assessment Institute for Agricukture Technology
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Abstract

Food security is the condition of fulfilling food for households which is reflected in the availability of adequate food, both in quantity/quality, safe and evenly distributed  and affordable. Food security for an area is very important. Given that food is a basic need and is a human right. Food in this study is Japanese tuber/satoimo (Colocasia esculenta var antiquorum L). With sufficient food needs that will produce good food security as well. Japanese taro / Satoimo is one of the alternative foods that can replace rice. The superiority of Satoimo can be cultivated on open land or under other plant stands. Based on the results of the research, Satoimo can grow shaded up to 70% .

Satoimo productivity reaches 30,000 kg/ha with a higher selling price compared to other taro. Satoimo has nutrients that are beneficial to health, including protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, minerals, and hyluronic acid. Satoimo fresh is a source of calcium and calories but with low carbohydrate and zero sugar content and well consumed as a food diet and is very good  for diabetics Based on the results of the business feasibility analysis, satoimo cultivation has a normal R/C value of 2.3-2.9 means that it is worth developing.  


Keywords: Satoimo, potential and opportunities, alternative food, food security

 

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A. Wihardjaka (1) and L.J. Wade (2)
(1)Research Station of Agricultural Environment Preservation

(2)International Rice Research Institute

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