Night was here but the lights of the warehouse on the bank of palm (Zalacca edulis) garden in Pakem, Yogyakarta, were still on. The increasing demand for virgin coconut oil are forcing the employees in PT Patria Wiyata Vico to work overtime. Abdullah Fatah, a Malaysian importer, routinely orders 10,000 bottles of 125ml VCO every month. The export also goes to Singapore and Rumania each 4,000 and 2,000 bottles per month. In fact, Singapore even increases its import volume as many as 10 tonnes a month.
Eight months ago a cold wind breeze penetrating J. Kuncoro's jacket who went early in the morning. Carrying a bag full of the specialty of virgin coconut oil (VCO) brochure. Kuncoro visited every newspaper stand in Cawang and Kalibata, Jakarta, ridding his loyal motorcycle. There, he inserted a VCO brochure inside morning newspaper pages.
‘Kiss of death’. The research theme which is similar to the name of a trash metal music group from Italy escorted three researchers from Israel and the United States achieving the 2004 Nobel Prize for chemical field. With one kiss of death, the bad cancer cell is vanished. Far away in Papua, the HIV virus/ AIDS are conquered by the kiss of the red fruit (buah merah) betacaroten.
If only in 1952 the late former Indonesian president Sukarno or known as Bung Karno had tasted durian ‘si terong’ of Balaikarangan, Sanggau West Kalimantan, he would have not choose ‘ajimah’ of Bogor, West Java, as a durian that he liked the most. ‘Si terong’ of Sekayam riverbank tastes exceptional: sweet, dry, and soft like ice cream. It is even more interesting for having golden yellow pulp.
Up to 2007 Trubus has recorded 67 superior durian varieties from all around Indonesia. Within 2 years the number of tasty durian has increased by 57. The discovery of those new varieties owes to many durian contests held in many regions and explorations to many durian centers. The contests bring about positive impact for the development of durian in Indonesia. Each center provides its best native durian. From 4 durian contests held along 2009, new superior durian varieties emerged.
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