With the support of local governments, GEG focuses on derivative products processing and the nutmeg commodity market
Programme Intervention in
The Papuan Nutmeg Value Chain
Nutmeg butter has been identified as a product that has a lot of potential and in 2019, Fakfak's efforts will focus on developing markets and technology for production as well as some by-products made from nutmeg pulp.
The GEG Team plans to set up a small nutmeg oil production facility in Fakfak and is in the process of discussing with three major Indonesian companies to issue a Letter of Intent to receive nutmeg oil.
Local governments in Fakfak, particularly BAPPEDA and the Plantation Agency, have been very supportive in developing and promoting locally produced derivative products from nutmeg.
The main prerequisite for producing significant amounts of nutmeg fat is the use of solar drying technology instead of the current smoke-drying method being used. Smoke drying causes high acid values in nutmeg oil, which makes it unusable in cosmetic products because it can cause skin irritation.
Experiments carried out with solar dryers and their analysis have shown that the quality of nutmeg and mace fats dried using solar dryers is better than those dried using firewood or under direct sunlight.