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Head of BPPT, Hammam Riza during the launch of seaweed capsule shells product at PT Kapsulindo Nusantara, Gunung Putri, Bogor., Jakarta – The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) along with its partner, PT Kapsulindo Nusantara launched the Rulindo Caps seaweed capsule shell, which could replace the gelatin shell and reduce import of gelatin.

“By using abundant and halal seaweed raw materials, this product is expected to be highly competitive and can be accepted by the user community,” Head of BPPT Hammam Riza said during the launch of seaweed capsule shells product at PT Kapsulindo Nusantara, Gunung Putri, Bogor, Wednesday (10/7/2019).

Locally made seaweed capsule shells that are ready for mass production are expected to boost the competitiveness of the domestic pharmaceutical industry.

Until now, medicine capsule packaging has been made of gelatin, and its raw material is imported as the ingredients used in domestic production are not sufficient.

On the other hand, Indonesia is one of the world’s largest seaweed producers and still exports most of the raw materials of seaweed products.

By utilizing the abundant local resources, the production of seaweed capsule shells has the potential to capture the market in capsule packaging products.

Seaweed capsules were innovative products that were formerly developed in the laboratory by engineers of BPPT Agroindustry Technology Center.

BPPT cooperated with PT Kapsulindo Nusantara in developing the products by adjusting them to production machines that were previously used for gelatin capsules production.

PT Kapsulindo Nusantara is now ready to produce the seaweed capsules commercially.

“To commercialize the inventive products, BPPT as a government institution must cooperate with industrial partners,” Hammam Riza stated. (mar)

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Head of The Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT), Hammam Riza., Bogor – The Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) will propose the use of weather modification technology to deal with the severe dry season that could inflict a loss worth Rp3 trillion in the agricultural field.

“We are trying to calculate (loss) caused by harvest failure. This is just a proposal. How much is the state loss due to the harvest failure? The estimation is up to Rp3 trillion, and hence we must find a solution to address the drought, and one way out is by making artificial rain,” Hammam Riza, head of BPPT, said.

Many farming areas in Java, Bali and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) have been affected by the extreme dry spell.

He suggested the usage of weather modification technology to produce rain that could help to prevent rice and crop harvest failure.

The Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged Region Development and Transmigration has asked the BPPT to modify the weather to deal with the severe dry weather that could damage paddy and other crops.

The Agriculture Office of Indramayu District, West Java, said at least 11 thousand hectares of rice fields have dried up because of the drought. (mrt)

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The number comprises almost an equal number of men and women, with 18,067 male voters and 17,025 female voters, located across 17 villages in Bogor sub-district, West Java., Bogor – The Bogor General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced an increase in the number of eligible voters in the fixed voters list (DPT), making Bogor the sub-district with the most number of fixed voters in Indonesia.

Stating that there had been an increase of 35,092 voters, KPU Bogor said the number has now reached 3,494,743 voters. Some 25 additional polling stations were introduced in 23 villages in Bogor, West Java.

“This was revealed during the results of the plenary meeting held on April 2, 2019,” said Commissioner of Bogor General Elections Commission Heri Setiawan in Bogor sub-district, Monday (8/4/2019).

The number comprises almost an equal number of men and women, with 18,067 male voters and 17,025 female voters, located across 17 villages in Bogor sub-district, West Java.

All 3,494,743 voters, consisting of 1,788,899 male and 1,705,844 female constituents, will cast their votes in polling stations scattered across 435 villages in the sub-district.

Setiawan said there had been a decline in the number of unqualified voters, which was one of the contributing factors to the increase in the fixed voters list.

Previously, there were 11,752 unqualified voters recorded in the sub-district, and the number had gone down to 6,044.

Furthermore, Setiawan stated that for the 2019 presidential elections, KPU Bogor is facilitating 1,993 disabled voters. (azi)

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United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan., Bogor – United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan held a dedication ceremony of the new US Embassy in Jakarta on Tuesday (19/3/2019) by emphasizing that the US and Indonesia would celebrate 70 years of diplomatic ties this year.

“I am delighted to welcome you to the new US Embassy building and am privileged to have the honor of dedicating our new home here in Jakarta, which houses both the US Mission to Indonesia and the US Mission to ASEAN,” Ambassador Donovan said.

“This celebration comes at a very opportune time, as this year, we are also celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties between the United States and Indonesia,” he told the attendees of the dedication ceremony.

In his speech at the ceremony which was circulated through the US Embassy’s official website, Ambassador Donovan said that the United States was one of the first countries to recognize Indonesia’s independence, establishing our first embassy on December 28, 1949.

“When President Truman appointed the first U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, H. Merle Cochran, he reaffirmed US support welcoming Indonesia into the “community of free nations”.

The new US Embassy building which is located at 3-5 Medan Merdeka Selatan Street in Central Jakarta “is the latest example of that enduring commitment to our partnership and the Indonesian people”, he said.

The partnership between the United States and Indonesia is built on a foundation of shared democratic values and common interests, such as education, sharing expertise, and innovating to create a brighter future, he said.

“You will see examples of that innovation in our new building. In thinking about the design of the building, we wanted to reduce the impact on the environment by taking advantage of all that our location offers,” Ambassador Donovan said.

The architects and designers took into consideration Jakarta’s climate, including its hot, sunny days, and as a result, the building uses the latest environmental sustainability features that reduce our energy consumption, he said.

Ambassador Donovan also hinted that the US Embassy is currently constructing a heritage building on the site used by a Republic of Indonesia delegation during negotiations for Indonesia’s independence with the Dutch in 1949.

“We expect to complete this building along with our consular pavilion by the end of 2019. The end result will be a compound touching on all the areas of our partnership with Indonesia,” he said. (ant)

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