Bisnis.com, BANDUNG — The West Java Provincial Government has intensively provided technical assistance to Millennial Quail Workers (PMBP) who have been cultivating quail at the Biomethagreen Education Center.
Head of the West Java Province Food and Livestock Security Service (DKPP), Jafar Ismail, said that since launching and cultivating quail on July 22, 2021, millennial farmers have faced a number of obstacles, namely the management of quail droppings.
“Out of 10,000 quails, every day they produce one sack of manure,” said Jafar in a statement Friday (13/8/2021).
According to Jafar, the dung becomes maggot feed. Later, fresh maggot can be used as quail feed and the former maggot can be used as organic fertilizer for plants.
“That’s what millennial farmers do. So quail droppings can be useful. Moreover, magot also contains good nutrition for quail,” he said.
In addition to the West Java DKPP, said Jafar, technical assistance was also provided by PT Agro Jabar as the offtaker. West Java DKPP and PT Agro also facilitated support for activities during PMBP’s stay in the Biomethagreen area of the Education House as a companion for PMBP.
“In early August, the quails have started laying eggs and there is an increase every day because they start production when the quails are 45 days old,” he said.
Jafar ensured that quail cultivation by PMBP was carried out according to the SOP that had been given. PMBP also has experience during his internship at P4S SQF Sukabumi. This experience became the capital for PMBP to solve problems that came up during cultivation.
“So far they have adapted to their environment. And the provision of internship experience in Sukabumi can be used as learning as well. They continue to evaluate quail maintenance and when they face problems they already have their own solutions,” he said.
Jafar said PMBP is expected to contribute to solving the problem of limited manpower, increasing quail productivity, and increasing protein consumption from quail, both eggs and meat, in West Java.
Moreover, based on the results of the Inter-Census Agricultural Survey (SUTAS) in 2018, the number of quail farming households in West Java was only 1,705 households or 0.09 percent of the total West Java livestock farming households.
“This PMBP activity is not only a movement or a business model at the provincial level, but this PMBP can also be replicated and applied in 27 regencies/cities throughout West Java in order to realize the growing quail cultivation in an effort to meet the consumption of animal protein,” said Jafar.
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