BANDUNG-In order to boost the competitiveness of Small and Medium Industries (IKM) products in West Java, the West Java Provincial Government through the West Java Industry and Trade Office (Disperindag) facilitates halal certificates for 220 IKMs by 2018.
This activity is to encourage the awareness of IKM players that the existence of halal labeled food products will increase economic added value and provide a sense of security and comfort for the community.
"The addition of halal labels in addition to ensuring that processed ingredients are safe for consumption, as well as to encourage the competitiveness of processed products in West Java," said the Head of West Java Disperindag, Drs. Moh. Arifin Soedjayana MM., On the Submission of Halal Certificates for IKM perpetrators, in the West Hall of the Sate Bandung Building, Thursday (9/8).
Facilitation of halal certificates for West Java IKM by the Department of Industry and Trade of West Java for 6 (six) years, namely from 2013 to 2018 as many as 6,195 certificates. For 2018 the series of certification activities starts from round March 2018 to August 2018.
The number of IKM that receive facilities in 2018 has decreased in terms of number, but the West Java Regional Office of Industry and Trade has the aim to encourage districts / cities to facilitate their respective regions.
"Facilitation of halal certificates has a strategic value in the efforts of the West Java provincial government to improve product competitiveness in West Java so as to strengthen economic development and people's welfare in West Java as an effort to reduce imports," he said.
The West Java Provincial Government in collaboration with the West Java MUI is very concerned about halal certification. Halal certificate activities for IKM that have been issued by the West Java MUI, facilitated by the provincial, district / city and general / independent governments from 2010 to 2018 reached 13,673 certificates.
Nationally, the halal certification program that targets as a halal province is only West Java, of course it must cover the districts and cities in West Java. This needs careful preparation and planning in realizing it. "To realize West Java as the first halal province in Indonesia, need a synergy of all components of society starting from the government, cleric, academics, businessmen and business communities," he explained.
Now, of the 27 districts / cities in West Java, 14 districts / cities have established the same commitments and are designated as "halal regencies / cities". The fourteen regencies / cities are, Depok City, Indramayu Regency, Bekasi City, Bandung Regency, Bekasi Regency, Bogor City, Sukabumi City, Sukabumi Regency, Cimahi City, Karawang Regency, Subang Regency, Majalengka Regency, Kuningan Regency and Sumedang Regency.
LPPOM MUI is still the only institution that checks processed food ingredients to get halal certification. Currently still waiting for the Government Regulation to regulate more technically about the implementation of Law No. 33/2014 concerning Guarantees of Halal Products. The Constitution, for example, mandates the establishment of a Halal Product Guarantee Agency that will regulate the implementation of halal product guarantees, including providing accreditation for institutions interested in becoming halal product examiners before obtaining a halal stipulation by the MUI Fatwa Commission. (Pun)