Yogyakarta – BRIN Public Relations. In the context of developing the sharia economy in Indonesia, development of halal products is urgent and must be performed immediately. Assistant Deputy for Economics and Finance at the Secretariat of the Vice President, Ahmad Lutfi, said that one of the program priorities of the National Committee for Islamic Economy and Finance (KNEKS) is development or creation of halal products.

For this reason, in order to see first hand the development of halal research activities, he made a direct visit to the Food Technology and Process Research Center of the National Research and Innovation Agency (PRTPP BRIN). PRTPP supports food research, including halal research at the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). “We hope that the implementation of halal food and beverage certification in Indonesia can at least be carried out in 2024,” said Lutfi.

Head of BRIN’S Agricultural and Food Research Organization Puji Lestari said that in the future halal research must be able to become a national industry that can be useful for the people, both halal in substance and healthy in quality. He conveyed that the six Research Centers under the Food and Agriculture Research Organization must be able to synergize and produce technology that is appropriate, economical, and adoptable by small industries. “All elements from upstream to downstream can be standardized and all elements of halal products can be detected easily,” Puji added.

Halal Research Facility

Efforts to accelerate achievement of towards Indonesia as the world’s halal center in 2024 are still being pursued. BRIN has conducted various researches on halal food. BRIN’s acting Deputy for Research and Innovation Utilization Mego Pinandito said that BRIN has provided a laboratory equipped with sophisticated research instruments to support halal food research in Indonesia. “There are at least 3 research facilities at BRIN that are used to conduct research on detection of halal products, namely research facilities in Cibinong, Serpong, and Gunungkidul,” he explained during a visit to PRTPP BRIN on Thursday (17/3).

According to him, currently many foreign industries are eyeing the Indonesian market. “We must be able to create a halal guarantee method and encourage SMEs to get halal certificates, so that their products can penetrate the domestic and international markets,” he said optimistically. He hopes that in the future the halal research business process that is being carried out by researchers at BRIN can be clarified, for example by creating a halal guarantee method that will make it easier for SMEs to get halal certificates.

On the same occasion, Acting Head of the Center for Food Technology and Process Research, Satriyo Krido Wahono, explained that the focus of PRTPP in this halal research is to detect and substitute products and develop sea-based products. With the availability of new research facilities, “BRIN PRTPP has the opportunity to carryout more diverse laboratory activities, so it will produce many prototypes of halal products,” he said. In addition, Satriyo said, collaboration with various parties in the open platform laboratory scheme is very possible. “We can collaborate with various universities to carry out this halal research activity,” he affirmed.

The challenge of halal research does require a process. Satryo revealed that halal detection of raw materials is relatively easy to know. In contrast to the detection of processed materials, that requires a different and more complex method due to changes in the structure of the material (ky, mn/ ed: drs, aps).