Recently, BATAN (National Nuclear Energy Agency) has produced new soybean varieties, which are named Kemuning 1 and Kemuning 2.
“Kemuning is an acronym for Dry Resistant Mutant Soybean,” explained BATAN Isotope and Radiation Application Center (PAIR) BATAN, Yuliasti, when interviewed at the Agriculture Building, PAIR BATAN, Friday (6/14).
This one soybean is not just any soy, you know! This variety is produced by utilizing nuclear technology, so that the superiority of soybeans that is tolerant to dry land, high productivity, large seeds, high protein content, and a more savory taste compared to imported soybeans.
Quoted from page batan.go.id, Kemuning 1 and Kemuning 2 come from the soybean varieties of Panderman as elders, which are varieties from the Ministry of Agriculture. By using the radiation mutation technique, namely by irradiating gamma cobalt 60 radiation of 300 gray to the Panderman soybean varieties, the desired soybean varieties are produced. He explained, some of the benefits of kemuning soybean produced include high productivity, drought tolerant, suitable to be planted in dry fields, large seed sizes, and savory flavors.
“Soybean Kemuning 1 and Kemuning 2 can adapt well in dry land in Indonesia. With a larger seed size and can compete with imported soybeans, Kemuning 1 and Kemuning 2 soybeans produce tempeh that is more savory compared to imported soybeans.
The average yield is also high, above 2.5 tons per hectare. Kemuning 1 reached 2.87 tons per hectare and Kemuning 2 reached 2.92 tons per hectare, each at a moisture content of 12%. The content of Kemuning 1 protein reaches 39, 40 percent Dry Weight (BK) and Kemuning 2 reaches 38.86% BK.