News » BTPRI Invites Private Company to Assemble Aflatoxin Resistant Peanut

(adm/Mei 19, 2009)

The awareness improvement of the community and industrial world on the importance of healthy food has motivated various parties to produce superior peanuts free from aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a compound produced by a mold called Aspergillus flavus found in peanut and corn, and a toxin for human and animal health.

In that framework, Beans and Tuber Plants Research Institute (BTPRI) Malang collaborated with one of the prominent peanut food producers, namely PT Garuda Food. The collaboration aims to produce a superior peanut variety with low aflatoxin content. The signing of the collaboration between BTPRI and PT Tudung Putra Putri Jaya (PT TPPJ), a company within the same group with PT GarudaFood, was conducted on 20 February 2009 at the office of BTPRI, in Kendalpayak, Malang. The contact was directly signed by the Director of PT TPPJ, Dra. Rahajoe Dewiningroem, and the Head of BTPRI, Dr. Made Jana Mejaya, M.Sc.

In that occasion the research steps to be taken to achieve the agreed target was discussed and was written in the collaboration proposal. Ir. Joko Purnomo, MS, the peanut breeder from BTPRI was optimistic that he will be able to complete the responsibility assigned to him by the end of 2011, as it is the target agreed. Both parties hope that the collaboration will not stop after the production of the peanut, but can be continued with other commodities like sweet potato, cassava, and soy bean.

Dr. Made in his welcoming speech stated that although the one conducting the collaboration is a large industry, it will provide an impact on the peanut farmer welfare, especially those who become the business partners. Synergism between the government and the business world through collaborations should always be directed to help farmers in improving their welfares.