The Blessing of Lecturers Returning to Village of IPB University, Payakumbuh City MSME Gained Benefits of Knowledge

IPB University lecturers consisting of Dr. Nugraha Edhi Suyatma from the Department of Food Science and Technology (ITP) Faculty of Agricultural Technology (Fateta) and Dr. Dwi Yuni from the Vocational School provided training on packaging methods and preservation of souvenir products typical of Payakumbuh, West Sumatra, (10/8). This activity is part of community service, the Lecturer Returning to Village (Dospulkam) program.

The Dospulkam team provided training for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Payakumbuh City. In its implementation, IPB University lecturers collaborated with the Payakumbuh City Cooperatives and UKM Office.

Dr. Nugraha Edhi said that several times he had the opportunity to go on vacation at his father-in-law's house in Payakumbuh, he often found that gelamai products (in other areas known as dodol or jenang) had become rancid and sometimes moldy, even though they had only been bought from the store for three days. In the end it is not suitable for consumption and fails to be used as souvenirs.

This finding inspired him to provide guidance to gelamai entrepreneurs in Payakumbuh City to be able to apply active packaging technology, vacuum packaging and preservation technology with the right type of food additives (BTP) and the right dose. "Gelamai products as iconic souvenirs from Payakumbuh can reach a shelf life of one to three months, depending on the preservation technique used," explained Dr. Nugraha Edhi.

In addition to Gelamai MSME actors, IPB University lecturers also provided training to MSMEs in food and beverage products typical of Payakumbuh. The material presented was related to the use of appropriate and wise food additives, the principle of preserving food products, as well as packaging and labeling techniques for MSME products.

The Head of the Payakumbuh City Cooperative and UKM Service, Dahler SH, expressed his appreciation to IPB University lecturers who had chosen Payakumbuh City as a place to share knowledge with MSME actors. This knowledge, said Dahler, is very much needed by MSMEs in Payakumbuh City to improve the quality of their products.

"So far we only sell taste and low prices. While there are still many products whose packaging is not good, the models are not attractive and there is no food durability test, halal certification, the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) and hygiene," said Dahler.

The Head of the Payakumbuh Cooperative and UMKM Division, Tegrasia Nita ST, MT added, the material presented by the IPB University lecturer was the most awaited by MSME actors. Research and product trials conducted by academics will provide information to the Payakumbuh Government and MSME actors as to how far food processed products can withstand and how to maintain food durability.

"We express our appreciation and support for this program. We also entrust samples of other MSME products to be brought by the IPB University lecturer team for testing and can provide suggestions for improvement from aspects of packaging and technology for the preservation process," he said. (*/Rz)

Published Date : 17-Aug-2022

Resource Person : Dr Nugraha Edhi Suyatma

Keyword : Dospulkam IPB, Payakumbuh City, Gelamai