The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education is supporting the innovation creation from research products, not only those created by researchers and academicians but also communities.

On May 18, The Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir visited the location of a waste incinerator in Megu Gede village, Waru district, Cirebon, West Java, developed by a local named Siswanto. Minister Nasir was accompanied by Director General for Research Strengthening and Development Muhammad Dimyati.

During the visit, Minister Nasir said that the product from the incinerator could generate added values and benefit the government in its bid to develop the society’s economy.

“Pollution from waste burning process always becomes the biggest problem that destroys the environment. But using this incinerator, the smoke can be captured and cleaned. The waste can be a source for organic liquid fertilizer, pesticide, granul fertilizer, and also can lead to zero waste. This incinerator could reduce the cost of agriculture production by producing waste that can be used to produce organic fertilizer,” said Nasir.

Minister Nasir said he would give the full authority of the management of the incinerator to the village’s citizens and had asked The Ministry’s Directorate General For Research Strengthening and Development (Ditjen Risbang) to provide support for the development of the village’s innovation.

“The citizens would have no job if the site is managed by the government. I let the village’s citizens to manage without government’s assistance. I have asked the Ditjen Risbang to cooperate with LIPI [the Indonesian Science Agency] to study the products from the site further and the BSN [National Standardization Agency] to standardize the incinerator machine at a national level,” said Nasir.

It does not take much time for the locals to create the incinerator machine, which has the capacity of 1.5 m3 waste. Siswanto Hartoyo said he could produce the machine in three days maximum and that the machine costs Rp 80 million per unit.

Minister Nasir also attended an exhibition and tests of applied maritime and energy research products. Nasir was accompanied by member of House of Representatives’ Commission VII Herman Khoiron and Energy and Natural Resources Ministry’s Research and Development Agency Head to test a “hand tractor” for rice farmers and a gas-powered vessel for fishermen.

The converter kit put in the vessel, which uses home-based gas canisters, could save the cost of farmers and fishermen, even with the use of non-subsidized gas canisters.

The aforementioned activities of Minister Nasir, accompanied by officials from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minitry, the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, the Village, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry and the House’s Commission VII, were part of the government’s seriousness in pushing domestic technological independence and a cross-ministries cooperation under the harmony of “Domestic Science and Technology Independence Improvement.”