|THE EXOTISM OF BERHALA ISLAND|
THE EXOTISM OF BERHALA ISLAND
Berhala Island, in Tanjung Beringin District, Serdang Bedagai is being developed into a tourism object in North Sumatra. The easiest route can start from Marina Restaurant, Belawan, Medan. PT.Dian Anugrah Victoria Indonesia is the only company providing the transportation service to this Island by speed boat. It is limited on certain days. The distance from Belawan to Berhala Island is about 65 km. If we use a usual boat, it will take 4-8 hours. However, with super star which is equipped with GPS and a comfortable cabin, it only takes 1, 5 hour. It even only takes an hour with super star sporty. The visitors can visit this Island without having to spend the night because of the faster time needed. The absence of permanent accommodation, such as a resort, makes the Island’s atmosphere feel natural.
|PLAITING CRAFT IS READY FOR GLOBAL MARKET COMPETITION|
Sergai Region is rich of marshes felled with purun grass and pandan, the raw material for plaiting. Sergai is known as a plaiting center in North Sumatra. According to Department of Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives of Serdang Bedagai Regency, there are about thirty groups of plaiting craft men spread over the whole Regency. They are generally found on the shore where the raw material, purun, and pandan, is abundant. Drs. Saparwin Siregar, the head of industry sub Department, Department of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Serdang Bedagai Regency, said that there were some villages which became the craft industry center such as the village of Ara Payung, Lubuk Saban, Cinta Air, and Kota Pari. Recently, Department of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives of Sergai Regency has given one unit of press machine to the group in Pantai Cermin. The aid is expected to help the craft men to develop their business.