Jack ‘koro’ beans can replace soy: minister

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Bogor, West Java (ANTARA) – Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Minister Teten Masduki has expressed optimism that jack or koro beans will be used as a substitute for soybeans in tempeh, tofu and wheat flour in the near future. .

The Indonesian government has encouraged a pilot project involving the planting of 100 hectares of koro beans which will later be expanded to 400 hectares in Sumedang, West Java, Masduki said.

“(We are) optimistic that koro beans can replace soybeans (as an ingredient of) wheat flour, and we are optimistic that this planting can be expanded again,” Masduki remarked on the 50th Day of the unit of the Family Empowerment Movement (PKK) in Bogor city on Friday.

Amid rising soybean prices, koro beans, if combined with cassava flour, can be made into flour that can fully replace wheat flour, he said.

Likewise, jack beans can be used as a base ingredient to make tempeh instead of soybeans, he pointed out.

The expansion of koro bean plantations will be strategic as the country currently imports 95% of its soybean needs and 60% of it is used for tempeh production, he said.

Substitution can be achieved if processed koro bean foods such as flour, milk, and tempeh become popular in the community.

Currently, nuts requirements in Indonesia have reached 2.7 million tons per year, Masduki noted. As part of efforts to meet the country’s nut supply, the ministry is ready to use koro beans as an alternative, he said.

“I’m very happy today it turned out that koro beans can be made into various varieties of food,” he said.

He said koro beans are a suitable substitute for soybeans because they are easy to plant as they can be grown in many soil conditions.

“Koro bean can be planted on marginal soils, tegal-tegaland unproductive gardens,” Masduki explained.

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