Semarang – Chemical Engineering Faculty of Engineering, University of Diponegoro (Semarang), helping cottage industry of seaweed farmers in Karimun Islands with the introduction of technology, ranging from fresh seaweed production process, drying, until the glass packaging techniques.
This was stated by the Head Master of Chemical Engineering Diponegoro University Dr Mohamad Djaeni told AFP on Thursday (04/10/2012).
“In addition, they also got the introduction of technology into the production process seaweed fresh drinks, syrup, and jelly or jelly,” said Djaeni.
According Djaeni, the introduction of technology in the form of training, demonstration, and technical assistance regarding the process tools to SME group in Kemujan seaweed, Karimun Islands for two days (1-2/10/2012).
“Besides the preservation process are also addressed, so that the product can be more durable and safe for consumption,” said doctoral graduate of Wageningen University Netherlands, accompanied by Ir Widi Gunawan Santoso, MSc from the Faculty of Marine Science Fisheries Undip.
At the given activities also help with zeolite dryer for seaweed and carrageenan, equipped with thermo controller and timer, homogenizer with a capacity of 60 liters of syrup and drinks fresh, infrared temperature measuring devices digital models, unit sealer for plastic cups, as well as generators with a capacity of 3000 watts.
“In addition to the technical aspects, and nutritional products, as well as the packaging, in the next two years will be addressed also the problem of business management and marketing, with the involvement of lecturers from the Faculty of Economics Diponegoro University,” said Djaeni.
Djaeni Further, the program is facilitated by the Master Plan and the accelerated expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI). If the program is ongoing, planned for next year will be made to obtain product registration for seaweed cottage industry in Karimun Islands.
For the first year of this program is prioritized on increasing the production of beverages with the tools that have been given, especially homogenizer and sealer, including the drying unit to reduce the moisture content of the seaweed product to below 12%.
Demand for local specialties Publications increasing with the increasing number of domestic and foreign tourists, who enjoy the thrill of the beautiful beaches and islands, as well as the proliferation of homestay and hospitality.
So far local food such as porridge lunkhead, noodles, jelly, syrup and fresh drink of seaweed that is initiated by a group of mothers still face obstacles Dewi Fortuna durability of the product, production capacity, as well as the limitations of the technology, so it can not meet the demand of the market and the range was limited.
“Assistance from Undip technology is very useful for SMEs and business groups seaweed. Hopefully foods in Karimunjawa product demand is increasing,” Muslims hope DKP Publications Unit staff and Nur Hidayani, ST, MSc from Jepara DKP.