PERBAUNGAN, THE CENTER OPAK CREACKERS OF SERGAI REGENCY
Department of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Sergai Regency determines Perbaungan District as the center of Opak crackers production. Many efforts are done by Department of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Sergai Regency to increase and to develop the industrial centers including the small industries. One of the efforts is proclaiming the Regions of Pegajahan village and Suka Sari village, Perbaungan District, as the center of Opak crackers production. According to Department of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Sergai Regency, Ir. H. Aliman Saragih, the determination of the center has a purpose to unite some groups of home industry producing Opak crackers.
Later on, these craft men who are in this center will receive aid in form of capital, marketing, technology, and system management so that the business can be more professional. The industry development is expected to absorb more labors. For example, Saling Peduli Center which is situated in Pegajahan village has 149 units of business with the number of labors which achieves 350 persons. The use of this equipment is simple, especially at the drying-up process. Thus, this industry really depends on the weather condition. “Crackers can not be dry when it is cloudy or rainy,” said Burhanuddin. It is expected that the center establishment helps to increase the wealth of the craft men and the local people. The Regency Government will also support by making the center’s products Sergai’s superior products. In many occasions, especially the exhibition events in the province or national level, these products always participate as the superior product of Serdang Bedagai Regency.