The Faculty of Animal Science of Universitas Hasanuddin held a public lecture on “Improving Food Science and Technology in Indonesia Based on Livestock Resources”. The event was conducted virtually using the Zoom meeting application and broadcasted on the Youtube Channel of the Faculty of Animal Science, Unhas, on Wednesday (29/9).
The public lecture invited a speaker, Ir. R. Mulyoto Pangestu, M.Rep. Sc, Ph.D., (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Monash University).
Mulyoto Pangestu explained the role of animal products (livestock) as a source of protein and various essential nutrients to support body health. One source of protein that humans can obtain is animal protein such as fresh meat and meat that has been processed into ready-to-eat products.
A complete source of animal protein carries essential amino acid content needed for the body to maintain health for adults and youth optimally. Protein can build, repair and maintain the body structure of the adult. For young people, including children, it is helpful to develop and strengthen muscles, organs and the immune system.
“Animal protein has the same protein as human because humans have almost similar body conditions to animals. Therefore, what is in the animal’s body can be consumed by humans. Thus, the challenge faced today is how the government can provide the animal protein needed by all levels of society with an affordable price so that it can fulfil the public nutrition and produce a healthy, strong and intelligent generation,” explained Ir. Mulyoto.
Processed livestock in Indonesia is considered a “luxury” food or only consumed and served at certain times. This situation expands the social gap at all levels of society, especially in accessing affordable livestock products.
Furthermore, Ir. Mulyoto said that Indonesian human resources must have good knowledge in animal science to produce livestock to meet the market demand. Selecting excellent seeds to improve genetic quality in the breeding process is essential. Therefore, it can increase the production value and quantity.
“To produce affordable production, it is essential to reduce production and transportation costs and apply appropriate distribution methods. We can increase the population numbers sustainably. Moreover, when the product is abundant, we can preserve products with techniques that do not damage the nutritional content and do not negatively affect consumers.” added Ir. Mulyoto.
The activities guided by Dr. agr. Ir. Renny Fatmyah Utamy, S, Pt., M. Agr., IPM (Fapet Unhas Lecturer) was attended by approximately 300 participants.
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Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR