BPPT Supports Raja Ampat in Many Aspects
The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) is working with the Raja Ampat Regency Government, West Papua, to develop in the tourism, technology and innovation sectors, and fisheries.
Head of BPPT Unggul Priyanto explained that the potential of natural resources in Raja Ampat Regency is very large and has a strategic geographical location.
Thus, a good physical and non-physical infrastructure is needed to develop the place into a tourism area, technology development and innovation, and fisheries.
“The technology developed supports national priority programs, which are contained in the Medium-Term Development Plan for 2015-2019,” said Superior in a press release received by Business on Wednesday (2/14/2018).
According to him, BPPT has signed a cooperation agreement with the Raja Ampat Regency Government to develop various technologies that can realize national independence, increase competitiveness and public services.
“With technology, hopefully Raja Ampat can be equal and even more advanced than other regions in Indonesia. I hope this cooperation can be implemented well, “he said.
As is known, several points of cooperation between BPPT and the Raja Ampat Regency Government include about:
1. Review of the Raja Ampat Regency Spatial Planning, signed by the Deputy of BPPT Technology Policy Assessment, Gatot Dwianto and Head of the Raja Ampat Regency Research and Development Development Planning Agency, Abd. Rahman Wairoy.
2. Preparation of the Master Plan for the Development of Marine Aquaculture Enterprises in Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province, between the Director of the BPPT Agricultural Production Technology Center, Arief Arianto and Head of the Raja Ampat Regency Research and Development Development Planning Agency, Abd. Rahman Wairoy.
3. Application of Sea Water Management Technology into Community-Based Drinking Water of Raja Ampat Regency, Raja Ampat Province, between Director of Environmental Technology Center, Rudi Nugroho and Head of Culture and Tourism Office Yusdi N. Lamatenggo.
4. Preparation of Raja Ampat Regency Industrial Zone Master Plan between Director of Environmental Technology Center, Rudi Nugroho and Head of the Raja Ampat Regency Research and Development Development Planning Agency, Abd. Rahman Wairoy.
Drinking Water Technology
Meanwhile, BPPT has submitted a technology called the pilot project for the installation of Ready to Drink Water from Seawater to the Raja Ampat Regency Government. The technology is capable of processing salty seawater, into clean water, even ready to drink.
Raja Ampat District Government Secretary Yusuf Salim said that ready-to-drink water technology is one of the new innovations for Raja Ampat. “As a tourist destination, Raja Ampat must provide clean water. This is also very useful for the local community,” he said.
Therefore, he added that the community can optimally care for this tool in order to provide clean water in a sustainable manner. “In the future we are asking for other technologies to be implemented here to support competitiveness and improve people’s welfare,” Yusuf said.
Director of the BPPT Environmental Technology Center, Rudi Nugroho, explained that this clean water technology is able to reduce salt levels from 35,000 milligrams / liter to 400 milligrams / liter. This is in accordance with drinking water quality standards issued by the Ministry of Health.
Previously, this installation was installed in Waisai Public Port, Raja Ampat Regency, but due to the lack of optimal safety and utilization, the tool was revitalized and reinstalled at the Raja Ampat Waigeo Resort and has been operating again producing ready-to-drink water with a capacity of up to 5,000 liters per day .
He hopes that this pilot project can be a model for drinking water supply systems for other coastal tourism areas in the country. This is because coastal areas and small islands in Indonesia have difficulty accessing drinking water.