UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga lecturers collaborates and creates capsule shells from seaweed. A workshop on this seaweed shell development was held in the Hall of Amerta, Management Office Campus C UNAIR Wednesday, July 19. The workshop was attended by academics and practitioners from the ministry, institutions, local government, industry, and associations.
Regarding to that matter, Agung Kuswandono Deputy of Natural Resources Coordination and Service of Coordinating Ministry of Marine Affairs who came at the workshop said that the seaweed capsule shell product is the first halal capsule shell.
“Seaweed is halal. All this time the capsule shell is made of gelatin (usually from cows, or pigs). We do not know where it is from. There is a process of verification for that, ” he explained.
Moreover, the raw materials of seaweed in Indonesia is abundant and it is the first in the world. All this time, Indonesia only exports dried seaweed only with limited added value.
“Seaweed for capsule shell is a tremendous breakthrough,” he said.
Then, he also considered that Indonesia is actually quite capable of making seaweed into a variety of products. However, it is still in the laboratory stage in the form of research and has not been mass produced.
“The capsule shell from seaweed already has in the industry. We just need to connect with entrepreneurs, so raw materials can be obtained smoothly. The market share is also big, “he added.
Meanwhile, Vice Rector IV for cooperation, business, and alumni network Junaidi Khotib, S.Si, Apt., M.Kes, Ph.D said that the seaweed capsule shell development is relatively cheaper than the price of gelatin, almost one third of it.
“Therefore, hopefully, people will choose the cheaper one and seaweed is definitely halal,” he explained.
However, according to Junaidi, it is not without problems. The research often stops at the lab and library only. No more than 15 percent can be utilized by the community through mass production.
“Therefore, the government and universities collaborate so the academic products can be mass produced and utilized by the community. Of course this will have a positive impact, ” he concluded.
Author: Binti Q Masruroh
Editor: Nuri Hermawan