i3L Visited INAGRO

By: Rafsan Syabani Cholik, M.Sc
Faculty member of Food Science and Nutrition

Food Science and Nutrition Visited INAGRO

Inagro is an agricultural-based company that managed to elaborate areas for research, education and recreation.
Inagro focused on two lines of business, agribusiness and agritourism.

Located in Ciseeng, Bogor, Inagro was established in 1997. The company focuses on agribusiness, agritourism, biofertilizer, tissue culture, and edutainment. It aims to promote interactive agriculture learning for all ages through seminars, workshops, and fun outbound activities. With a total area of 72 hectares, Inagro has more than 2000 rarely found trees originating from all over Indonesia planted.

The company has also been consistently developing and innovating on sustainable programs, especially in waste management systems through the integrated system: 1) Waste sorting, this is the main aspect of waste management since practicing waste sorting is simple but also difficult to apply dueto the lack of awareness. Therefore, Inagro conducts socialization weekly about the importance of waste sorting. 2) Composting, most of the agricultural waste like fallen leaves and trees in the land area is processed through composting. 3) Black Soldier Fly (BSF) (Hermetia illucens), the larvae of BSF can convert 1 kg of waste within 24 hours and the BSF also can be used for animal feed. Through this integrated system, the company believes that there is a positive impact that can be achieved from its operation through recreational activities that revolved around agriculture, animal farm, and fishery. At the same time, delivering education to encourage the people to engage their nature skills and awareness on sustainability.

On 20 January, all faculty members of Food Science and Nutrition Department visited Inagro and established collaboration in the field of research program, especially in the development of tissue culture and post-harvest of potted fruit trees. The current research that is under development is the use of black sapote in making wine. At a glance, black sapote looks like a tomato with 5-10 cm in diameter. It is green when unripe, and turns dark-brown when ripe. This fruit is not only rich in phenolic compounds and carotenoids, but also vitamin C, vitamin E, and other nutrients. Therefore, the fruit could be considered a functional food. Some studies said that the fruit can be used for treating some ailments and act as an antimicrobial agent.

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