ITS Campus, ITS News – To bring 1,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to life on Madura Island, the Real Work Lecture (KKN) team of the Great Forum and Community Service (Abmas) of the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS) contributed to socializing as well as assisting halal certification for products. MSMEs in Labang, Bangkalan Regency, Thursday (18/8).
The head of the ITS KKN Abmas team, Ardy Maulidy Navastara ST MT, revealed that this activity was motivated by the Law on halal certificates, which requires every food and drink to have halal certification. “This encourages us to work together to serve the community, especially in the Labang, Bangkalan Regency targets,” he explained.
This KKN Abmas cooperates with the Cooperative Pondok Pesantren (Kopontren) Addimyathy Nurul Iman as an assisted MSME. The assisted cooperatives oversee four MSMEs engaged in the food sector. Three of them are in the form of bread and pastries, and one other product is petis. Because all four are involved in the food sector, it is essential to have halal certification so that the public accepts the product.
To obtain a halal certificate, continued Ardy, MSME actors must meet several requirements. First, make sure all the raw materials used are halal. Natural materials and the tools used to process raw materials must also be kept clean. “In addition, the processing process must be ensured to be sterile so that the product is suitable for consumption,” the lecturer at the Department of Regional and City Planning (PWK).
One of the MSME actors, Imamatul Munfaridah, said that obtaining halal certification had gone through various processes. The process cannot be separated from the contribution of the ITS KKN Abmas team, which has helped MSME actors to obtain halal certificates. “With the halal certificate, our products can be more accepted by the public because they have a halal logo,” he said.
In this case, Ardy explained that the Addimyathy Nurul Iman Islamic Boarding School has a cooperative, oversees several MSMEs, and has helped 80 MSMEs to obtain a Business Identification Number (NIB). Departing from this, the Addimyathy Nurul Iman Islamic Boarding School was chosen as the place for the ITS KKN Abmas team. “Incidentally, Mrs. Imamah, as the head of Kopontren, is also proactive in improving the economy in the surrounding environment,” he said.
With this assistance, Ardy hopes that the surrounding MSMEs will also realize the importance of halal certification to expand product marketing while increasing public confidence in consuming these products. “One thousand is indeed a big number, but it is not impossible to realize a thousand MSMEs to obtain a halal certificate so that the community can feel the impact,” he reminded. (ITS Public Relation)
Reporter: Thariq Agfi Hermawan
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