Saving our local extinction Indonesian fruit : Preserving and saving the Bisbul plant.

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This petition is proudly made by Emanuela Kezia, Felicia Caroline, Felicia Gabriella, Filbert Rajadi, Jesslyn Nathania,
student of 9 Hosea, Saint John Catholic School BSD from our collective concern and love for the preservation
our local fruit.

Background
Written by Felicia Gabriella.A
Our topic for this petition is fruits that are almost extinct in Indonesia. There are lots of fruits that are starting to become less and forgotten, but our group is going to discuss about this specific fruit called Bisbul or Beludru in Indonesia. Usually known as Velvet Apple in English, and its binomial name is Diospyros Discolor. This fruit has a taste which is comparable to peach. Bisbul is covered in velvety fur which is usually reddish-brown, and soft creamy pink. They are usually used as one of the ingredients to make juice and rujak. And is a typical fruit that is planted in Bogor, Indonesia. But its wood from the trees are very special and is protected with laws in the Philippines.

The Problem
Written by Filbert Rajadi
Usually, when people are asked if they know what a Bisbul fruit is, most of them don't know what that fruit is. That‘s because currently, this fruit is threatened with extinction. Long before the invasion of foreign trade, this fruit was used to be farmed a lot by Indonesian people. However, over time other fruits from outside of this country are imported and farmed more and more by farmers because the Indonesian people prefer it, causing those other fruits to be cultivated more, thus leaving this fruit to be forgotten. Also because of that, not many people are trying to plant and cultivate this fruit. Bisbul fruit is becoming increasingly forgotten and at worst, it will become extinct.

The Impact
Written by Felicia Caroline.M.P
Because of how rare this fruit is, a lot of people miss out on the qualities of the bisbul fruit. One of the benefits of this fruit is that it contains vitamins A and C, which are useful for the immune system. This fruit could have been consumed to help us stay healthy and fit. Since bisbul is rare in Indonesia, considering only few people have heard of it, the diversity of fruits will decrease in the country. The original fruits that were cultivated before will soon be gone and then there will be none of this fruit left to maintain. It may not seem like much, but if this applies to other fruits as well, it can cause even some fruits that can only grow in Indonesia to be extinct.

Our suggestion
Written by Jesslyn Nathania.T
Regarding with the issue, there are several realistic suggestions that are possible to be tried. Starting off by introducing "buah bisbul" to the media and the market by including eye catching facts taken from its rich flavors, efficiency on health, distinctive aroma,
unique shape, texture and shade. Why do we recommend this? Well, according to a data, there are about 196,7 million internet users in Indonesia by year 2020. As stated above, currently most of the population admitted themselves unfamiliar with this fruit. It's never wrong to learn something new. This "buah bisbul" could be recreated as basic household ingredients. Buah Bisbul has a distinctive flavor of sweet, savory like cheese. Those flavors and the texture of the fruit could be recreated as a dessert, sweet dishes, and even savory ones. We find it rare for people to recreate something out of "buah bisbul." It's never wrong to invent something new. It could show people, mostly Indonesians that fruits originated from Indonesia itself are as good as imported ones or even better.

Closure
Written by Emanuela Kezia.A.S
As further ado, we gladly encourage participants to signing in the petition and helping us in working our part to improve and to preserve the Bisbul plant. By working together, we can overcome this problem together and start preserving and caring for the Bisbul plant. A lot of Indonesian are starting to forget this uniqe plant that was originally from Indonesia. Once was a very famous fruit to grow, now becomes a fruit that is very rare to grow in our beloved country. Just by signing in the petition helps improving our eco-system on extinction plants. This plant has so much function such as; containing vitamin A and C, and ingredient to make juice and rujak, and a special wood protected by the Philippines. One signature counts in each of the effort we do to keep our Bisbul plant from extinction and to out-grow the small percentage of the plant. So do not hesitate and help us preserve the plant we care and love, the Bisbul plant.