Limpo noted in a statement here on Thursday that the public should partake in enhancing the role of local foods under the National Food Resilience Campaign.
"This must be started, right from us. Indonesia is rich in various staple foods, not just rice but also tubers, pumpkin, sago, and others," he emphasized.
The minister commended the initiative of an agricultural training center in Cepu Sub-district, Blora District, Central Java, to process pumpkin into egg roll snack product. The business has developed, and currently, it recorded a monthly turnover of Rp15 million, with production volume of 500 to one thousand packs.
Chairperson of the Annisa Self-help Rural Agriculture Training Center (P4S) Sri Harti bought the local farmers' pumpkins in the sub-districts of Cepu and Randublatung as raw material for the snack.
It also produces egg roll snacks from sweet purple, green bean, and banana.
Harti spoke of possibly expanding the market for the product on receiving the halal certificate and the license for the home food industry (P-IRT) issued by the Health Office of Blora District.
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