Jakarta, PONTAS.ID – Kapok seeds, which have been considered useless, have now become one of the mainstays of Indonesian exports. During the harvest of kapok seeds, many seeds are scattered on the ground, waste that is considered useless, but now kapok seeds have economic value in Korea, even reaching hundreds of millions of rupiah.

"In Korea, kapok seeds are used as animal feed, after going through the process of kapok seeds into oil, the pressed cakes are combined and matched with other ingredients, because basically kapok seeds have no taste and smell, so it is necessary to combine other ingredients to stimulate the taste of the feed. livestock," said the Head of the Semarang Plant Quarantine Section, Cisilia Triwidiyanti, in her official statement, Tuesday (30/7/2019).

He said that the Semarang Agricultural Quarantine Officer had certified 100,000 kilograms of kapok seed cake worth IDR 343 million for Korea.

“This certification is important so that exports can be accepted to the destination country. In addition, officers also carry out inspections so that trafficked commodities are free from dangerous plant diseases," said Cisilia.

He said that the export of plant-based feed ingredients to Korea proved that the production quality of Indonesian plant-based feed ingredients had high competitiveness against international trade.

"It is hoped that this export realization will be able to increase the enthusiasm and motivation of business actors to continue working in order to encourage the increase and acceleration of exports of Indonesian products to foreign markets," he said.


Kapok fruit is a source of fiber, which has long been used in various industries, including the furniture, electronics, health and spinning industries.

In the furniture industry, kapok fiber is used for filling pillows, mattresses, upholstery, and mattresses.

Kapok fiber is used as a heat insulator and sound absorber in the electronics industry. In the world of health, kapok fiber is used as a filler for life belts, wound dressings, and fillers for protective clothing.

Kapok fibers are also used to make yarn in the spinning industry.

In addition to the fruit, other parts of kapok also have benefits. The dry skin of kapok kapok is used as fuel. Oil-containing seeds are used in industry as lubricants and lamp oil, therefore they can be used as energy raw materials.

In the Philippines, the young leaves of kapok are eaten as vegetables. In Thailand, the flowers and young fruits are eaten. In some areas of Java, very young pods are eaten.

Kapok wood has a high economic value. Quoting from Ilmuscience.com, kapok wood is processed into various products, such as boards that can be used to make packaging boxes or crates, tables for table tennis, salons or sound system boxes, and boards for foundries in buildings. Kapok wood can also be processed into raw material for making paper.

The bark of cottonwood can be used as a material for making rope.

Randu leaves are traditionally used as herbal medicine and are believed to be able to treat coughs, diarrhea, as a scar remover, hair fertilizer, eye pain medicine.

Kapok is also used in making soap. Kapok fruit peel ash, as quoted from research by Ambarwati and her team in 2006, can be used as a mixture in soap making, and has also been proven to be used as fertilizer because it contains a lot of potassium.

In addition to fruit peel ashes, kapok seeds, which contain lots of oil, can also be used for making soap. The cake can be used for animal feed or organic fertilizer.

Kapok seed oil has many benefits, one of which is to mix livestock feed. Kapok seeds can be used as animal feed ingredients because they have high nutritional value, one of which is protein content.

Kapok oil is yellow and odorless and tastes bland. The fatty acid content is the same as cottonseed oil, while the percentage of linoleic acid is lower.

The percentage of oil is about 22-25%. Oil extracted from kapok seeds can be used to make cooking oil that is non-cholesterol. In addition, kapok seeds can also be processed into soap, batik materials and biodiesel oil ingredients.

Indonesian kapok farmers since time immemorial have used kapok seed oil for various purposes, not only the Indonesian people who use this kapok seed oil, this kapok seed oil is also in demand by several countries. So there are several countries that always buy kapok oil from Indonesia.

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