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It gets feta: Javanese cheeses match Europe’s finest

  • Stefanus Ajie

    The Jakarta Post

Boyolali, Central Java   /   Sat, February 15 2020   /  12:49 am
Now a local treat: An Indrakila cheese producer in Boyolali regency, Central Java, makes various natural cheeses, including mountain, mozzarella and feta. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)(JP/Stefanus Ajie)

Now a local treat: An Indrakila cheese producer in Boyolali regency, Central Java, makes various natural cheeses, including mountain, mozzarella and feta. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)Cheese is usually seen as a fine dairy product from Europe, but now, the commodity is making its mark in Yogyakarta and Central Java.Cheese production in Boyolali, a small town on the slopes of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu in Central Java, started in 2007 when dairy farmers in the regency received assistance from a German NGO.Abundant milk production led them to come up with the idea of conducting training on manufacturing new dairy products such as soaps, cheese and yogurt. The idea received a warm welcome and in 2009 a cheese cooperative named Indrakila was established in Boyolali.According to Boyolali Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Agency data, dairy cattle breeders in the region can produce around 80,000 liters ...