Karawang Regency, spiritnews.co.id – UNSIKA Agriculture students do service by making Edu-Agrotourism through the Kemendikbud Dikti (PHP2D) program starting from August 2021 to December 2021, in Lemahmulya Village, Majalaya District, Karawang Regency, West Java.
The activities carried out are programs resulting from discussions with the village and local communities. Edu-Agro-tourism which will be formed consists of several components, namely, making owl houses at several points of rice fields which aims to become natural enemies of rat pests.
Making a polyculture planting pattern between rice and corn plants in the rice fields and planting horticultural plants such as spinach on vacant land around the rice field.
In addition, it also utilizes rice field irrigation for fish cultivation where later fish manure can be channeled into the land as organic fertilizer for rice. Then to beautify the agricultural land, refugia plants are also planted along the irrigation path which are useful as hosts for natural enemies of leafhoppers and other pests.
In addition, in an effort to support the formation of Edu-Agrotourism, information boards regarding existing components will be made so that visitors will not only get aesthetic value but also gain knowledge.
Apart from farmers, this program also collaborates with sheep breeders who will be involved in the biourine manufacturing process. Biourine is an organic fertilizer and pesticide made from sheep urine.
“This program is very good and suitable to be implemented in Lemahmulya Village, considering the potential and the enthusiasm of local farmers,” said Aa Kurnia, Chair of the Citra Sembada Gapoktan, Thursday (16/08/2021).
“This program is very interesting, we see the potential that exists in Lemahmuya Village, if indeed it can be developed into many owls it will become a tourist attraction,” said Dede, from the Tourism Office, Thursday (16/08/2021).
The village head also expressed his pride in the students and asked the people involved to participate enthusiastically for the smooth running of the program.
It is hoped that with this program the community, farmers, sheep breeders and local village officials are able to manage Edu-Agrotourism as a way to earn additional income as well as an effort to increase biodiversity and increase crop yields.(ybs)
Editor: Lassarus Samosir, SE