UGM Rector, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M. Eng., Ph.D., today (2/1) officially opens the UGM Lembah (Valley) Central Snack (Pujale). UGM Pujale is a new selling location for small businesses traders which previously ply its trade at the upper and lower area of the so-called 'Valley'. Chairman of the Gadjah Mada University Cooperatives (Kokelgam), Dr. Jamhari, S.P, M.P, said the establishment of UGM Pujale took approximately 1 year before the government through the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs disbursed grants amounting to 360 million rupiah. "The funding was also given in conjunction with 10 programs in 10 other locations in Indonesia," he said.
Jamhari added that the government assessed that UGM Pujale has the best environmental and building conditions. There are 48 stalls available there, empowering small peddlers. "For this empowerment, the budget is not only derived from UGM, but from company CSR as well," said Jamhari. He mentioned that the trader is charged rent of Rp5,000/day for maintenance and depreciation costs. UGM during the first year contract with the traders in Pujale will continue to provide guidance until the business runs normally.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Traders Society in UGM Pujale, Yoga Adi Pratama, said of the 48 available stalls, 23 are food and beverages units, while the rest of them sell souvenirs, etc. Adi is optimistic that after settling in one location in Pujale, their business will run better than before. "We hope our business will be even better than before," said Adi.
In the same place, the UGM Rector, Prof. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M. Eng., Ph.D., in his speech hoped that the traders who are members of the UGM Pujale can serve healthy and clean food and drinks. Thus, if they can take care of environmental hygiene and food, their business will advance and develop. "When students have graduated from college, for example, they can tell that they had a favorite food here, so they will drop by again here one day," he said.
In the opening event, the signing of cooperation was also conducted between UGM and the UGM Pujale, witnessed by the Rector. UGM was represented by Dr. Jamhari, M.P. and Pujale by Yoga Adi Pratama. The event proceeded with lunch, provided by the traders who served food such as meatballs, batagor, siomai, telupat tofu, doger ice, and coconut ice.