25 Oct 2019

Many MSMEs do not have Sufficient Knowledge on Export Procedure

To date, most of the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Jogjakarta has not capable to export their product directly. This is not because of there is no demand on their product or craft internationally, but because they do not have sufficient knowledge on the procedure of export. Dr. Evi Gravitiani, a faculty member of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) UNS, mentioned this problem during the release of a Workshop on Export Procedure for Handicraft Product, in CV Ragil Craft showroom, Gamplong Village, Moyudan, Sleman, Yogyakarta, on July 2019.

The workshop was initiated by the Sustainable Development and Green Business Research Group of FEB UNS. The event was attended by 23 participants who are crafters of woven products that made from natural fibre and knitting yarn, from Sleman and Kulonprogo. Dr. Evi, as the team leader, assisted by Dr. AM Soesilo and Dr. Erni Ummi Hasanah delivers a briefing on the export procedure as well as product quality improvement.

Further, it was mentioned that the workshop is embodied in the community service program under the Export Product Development Program that aims to improve the quality and quantity of MSEs products, thus it can be highly competitive for domestic and foreign markets. Moreover, as part of an active effort to maintain the sustainability of local cultural heritage. The community service program is funded by a multi-year grant started on 2018 to 2019, that intended for the MSEs partner. The partners are CV Ragil Craft, which located in Gamplong Village, Moyudan, Sleman, and Q’s Craft, which located in Banggan, Tuksono, Kulon Progo. Both MSE have similar input basis such as pandanus, agel fibres, water hyacinth, coconut sticks, mending, and fragrant root.

All the natural materials are woven with Non-Machine Weaving Tools, as well as material from nylon thread. To help optimize production, the community service team donate a machine to the MSEs. For CV Ragil Jaya Craft a modified Non-Machine Weaving Tools with a dynamo was given. This tool will assist the weaver in creating a product, thus they do not need to manually operates the machine/tools. It is expected that the machine will improve the efficiency of natural fibres woven production.