Head of IPB University Center for Halal Science Talks about the Role of Higher Education Halal Centers in the Development of the Halal Food Industry

Prof. Khaswar Syamsu explained the role of the university's halal center in the development of the halal food industry at the 48th Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah Pre-Congress Seminar held by the University of Muhammadiyah Bandung, (12/5). One thing that was conveyed by Prof. Khaswar in this seminar was the importance of preparing human resources in the halal field, and research that supports technology in the halal field.

"Devotion to the successful development of the halal ecosystem is also important considering that Indonesia is a country with a Muslim majority," he said. In preparing human resources in the halal field, he added, IPB University has conducted a number of training, including training for Halal Slaughterer (Juleha).

"In the study of the Center for Halal Science of IPB University, the number of halal-certified Slaughterhouses (RPH) or Poultry Slaughterhouses (RPU) is still low. That is less than 15 percent of the total 1,329 RPH/RPU throughout Indonesia," he said. Prof. Khashwar added that this is a big problem in halal certification. For this reason, IPB University has conducted Juleha training in DKI Jakarta for 227 participants.

"We have also conducted training and competency testing for Juleha in collaboration with the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government (Pemprov). In terms of community service, the lecturer program serving IPB University also provides external assistance and training on the Halal Assurance System for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)," he explained.

Meanwhile, the research sector, he added, is the development of a biomarker database for non-halal products based on volatile compounds.

"We are also developing a digital image-based halal authentication method for meat," he added. According to him, the role of tridharma related to halal centers in universities is important. Given the trend of demand for halal products, the world is growing rapidly. Muslims spend US$2 trillion on food, medicine, fashion and travel, and media/recreation sectors. This is revealed in the Global Islamic Economy Report data and states that it will continue to increase to reach the US $ 2.8 trillion

"Based on the GISE (Global State Islamic Economic) Report 2021-2022, the five main exporting countries of halal products to Islamic countries are controlled by China, India, USA, Brazil and Russia. Indonesia's ranking in GSE in global Islamic economic indicators, including halal products, is still in fourth place after Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates," he said.

The Rector of the University of Muhammadiyah Bandung, Prof. Herry Suhardiyanto, who is also a Professor of IPB University, conveyed the same thing. He realized the huge potential of Muslims, in relation to the industry and halal tourism. However, this potential has not been well consolidated, so it is important to understand, discuss and formulate the opportunities and challenges of the halal industry and tourism through this seminar.

"We expect the role of the central government to formulate and provide guidance and policies for the development of the halal tourism industry. The same goes for local governments and the private sector," he said. (dh/Zul)

Published Date : 14-May-2022

Resource Person : Prof Khaswar Syamsu

Keyword : Halal Industry, Halal Food, GISE, Prof Khaswar Syamsu, Prof Herry Suhardiyanto