[Unpad.ac.id, 15/02/2016] Local food commodities could be a potential in agro-industry development in Indonesia. Program Study Agricultural Industrial Technology (TIN) FTIP Padjadjaran University has continued to develope this potential. Carrying the tagline “The Local Enablers”, this study program encourages students to develop a local food-based technopreneur sector.

Gustaff H. Iskandar, researcher of coffee agro-industry, during the Semester Opening Lecture of Program Study Agricultural Industrial Technology at Bale Santika Unpad Jatinangor, Monday (15/02). (Photo by: Tedi Yusup)*

Prof. Dr. Ir. Warid Ali Qosim, M.P., Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture Unpad, said that Indonesia has tremendous potential in the development of agro-industries based on local food. This potential was one of the reasons Prof. Warid focuses in investigating the potential of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.) as one of the local food commodities Indonesia.

“This could be a boost for TIN Unpad students to develop processed products of mangosteen fruit,” said Prof. Warid during his speech at speaking at Semester Opening TIN Lecture of 2015/2016 Universitas Padjadjaran, Monday (15/02) at Bale Santika Unpad Campus Jatinangor.

Prof. Warid said that mangosteen is the most popular fresh fruit for export in Indonesia. Fruit that earned the nickname “queen of tropical fruit” abroad is also rich with the efficacy and often is the subject of herbal medicine.

Together with other lecturers in the Leaderships Academic Grant (ALG), Prof. Warid conducted research on development of mangosteen, including characterization of the parent tree selection, cultivation technology, content of the skin, flesh and seeds, effectiveness of pharmacology content, as well as the development of industry of processed products. This group has centered the production of mangosteen fruit in Puspahyang village Tasikmalaya as a village partner of Universitas Padjadjaran.

The course required major research collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. Especially for students TIN, Prof. Warid encouraged research cooperation, especially on industrial development of processed products.

“Until now TIN Unpad has already produce mango puree of mango Gedong. We expect a similar product of mangosteen puree in the future,” said Prof. Warid.

The second speaker, Gustaff H. Iskandar, researcher of coffee agro-industry also investigated potential of coffee developed in the village Kasepuhan Ciptagelar.

According to him, coffee from Ciptagelar has faster harvest time compared to those in other regions. The harvest time for coffee in Ciptagelar ranges between 8 months to 1 year, while coffee in other regions required 2.5 years for their harvest.

Types of coffee beans grown in Ciptagelar including Robusta, Liberika, and Arabica were planted en masse in 2015. Gustaff also plans to encourage the ability of community Ciptagelar to produce the highest quality coffee.

“We hope people of Ciptagelar can collaborate with friends in TIN Universitas Padjadjaran in order to develop the highest quality coffees in West Java,” said Gustaff.

The third speaker, Asri Peni Wulandari, PhD., Professor department of Biological Science Universitas Padjadjaran, developed environmentally friendly biomass from waste flax plant. Waste plant hemp (Boehmeria nivea) biobriquette is processed into fuel as an alternative to LPG. Biobriquette is produced through biotechnological processes and used several types of microbes. Biobriquette is expected to solve the problem of scarcity of LPG in rural areas.

This research has been awarded by Research Fund, Innovative, Productive (Rispro) on Educational Fund Management Institution (LPDP) in 2014 for 2 years. The study also involves lecturers from various courses, including lecturers from FTIP Unpad to test the feasibility of business and development of product concepts that could be commercialized.

The concepts of “Technopreneur” and “The Local enablers” have been implemented in academic activities of TIN Program Study. Irfan Ardiansah, S.TP., M.T., Head of TIN Program Study said that in welcoming the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) the development of local processed food becomes one of the potentials of increasing the competitiveness of Indonesia.*

Reported by Arief Maulana / eh