HARIANRAKYATACEH.COM – Two teams implementing product-based community service activities from Syiah Kuala University from August 1 to 7, 2021, have carried out community empowerment activities in Gampong Lampreh, Aceh Besar.
The two implementing teams were chaired by Prof. Husni Husin and Dr. Muhammad Zaki, who was assisted by several members from various scientific fields at Syiah Kuala University.
This product-based service program activity aims to improve food security and create jobs for the people of Gampong Lampreh.
As a village with the majority of the population making a living as farmers and ranchers, Lampreh has the potential to be developed as an organic food supply area. The level of consumption of organic vegetables in Banda Aceh has grown rapidly in recent years. This is certainly a good opportunity for farmers around Banda Aceh to become suppliers of these needs. The price of vegetables from organic farming is also relatively more expensive, said Husni.
In this community service, the team led by Husni carried out community capacity building through the application of hydroponic agriculture and fish cultivation in tarpaulin ponds. Hydroponic farming is an agricultural model that does not use soil as a medium for plant growth.
From the origin of the word hydro which means water, plant roots will be immersed directly in water containing macro and micro nutrients. This allows hydroponic farming to be carried out in stages so that it can increase agricultural yields by expanding land use. Likewise with fish farming in tarpaulin ponds.
“The tarpaulin pool is one of the economical solutions to increase food in areas with water shortages and limited land area,” said Husni, Tuesday (17/8/2021).
In the same place, the Service Team led by Dr. Muhammad Zaki teaches the production of granular compost to the community. The production of granulated compost includes two stages, namely composting and granulation stages. Compost is made from organic waste found around. The organic waste is then decomposed by microbes for 3 to 4 weeks.
The compost is then made into granules with the addition of adhesive so that it becomes more practical when used for large areas of agricultural land. (za)