Gadjah Mada University now has a facility to process cocoa for consumption. It is run by a UGM-owned agricultural company PT Pagilaran. Officially, it is named “the Center for Development of Cocoa Processing Integrated Industry (PPKIPKT)”.

“This is part of the ministry’s innovation programs,” said Mohamad Nasir, minister for research, technology and higher education, who inaugurated the facility on February 11. He was accompanied by industry minister Airlangga Hartarto.

The facility sits within PT Pagilaran’s plantation complex in Batang regency, Central Java.

Nasir said Indonesia, as one of the world’s largest cocoa producers, needed to become a producer of ready-for-consumption cocoa. One of the strategies to achieve the goal is by using the UGM facility.

Hartarto, on the same occasion, said Indonesia needed to use innovation to compete with cocoa-producing countries in Europe.

“We have told the president that this factory serves as a teaching industry. It is hoped that industrialisation can enter universities,” said Hartarto.

The inauguration event was joined by tech and higher education officials from Jakarta and local government officials.