JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Industry continues to encourage the development of Small and Medium Industries (SMI) engaged in the food and beverages sector. The effort was carried out by providing understanding to food and beverages SMEs to pay attention to aspects that are very fundamental for strengthening the competitiveness of export-oriented products.
"In an effort to improve the competitiveness of food SMIs, what we are pushing for is the halal-certified obligation. Through the halal certification, their products are guaranteed to be halal for consumers. Moreover, consumers in Indonesia are predominantly Muslim, so they do not hesitate to buy and consume these products," said Gati Wibawaningsih, Director General of Small, Medium Industries and Miscellaneous Industries (IKMA) at the Ministry of Industry, on Thursday (10/31/2019).
Gati said the Ministry of Industry would conduct intensive dissemination, as well as encouragement for SMEs to take care of halal certification. One of them is through communication with local governments to help encourage food SMIs to be halal-certified. In the matter of financing, most SMEs have often complained about costs on getting the certifications. "Therefore, this should not be seen as a burden, but to increase product competitiveness," she said.
According to Gati, because of the large number of food SMIs, the Ministry of Industry targets to be able to facilitate the issuance of halal certificates within five years. Along with this effort, the Ministry of Industry will provide guidance to food SMI practitioners, as well as coordinating with the Ministry of Religion's Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH).
"So far, every year an average of 500 to 2,000 SMIs are encouraged to get halal certificates in all regions. Of course, we are ready to assist SMIs in carrying out the process of obtaining halal certification," she added.
SMIs engaged in the food sector are encouraged to have halal certification after the enactment of Law Number 33 of 2014 on halal product guarantees, which was implemented on October 17, 2019.