Himasita IPB University Holds Maggot Cultivation Training

The increasing population in Indonesia is accompanied by an increase in the amount of food consumption and organic waste from food consumption.  Current organic waste processing still tends to be used as compost.  On the other hand, innovations in the processing of organic waste have begun to develop, one of which is by utilizing organic waste for the cultivation of maggot larvae.  Seeing the potential and in order to provide insight to young people about maggot cultivation, the Plant Protection Student Association (Himasita) IPB University held a maggot cultivation training.  This training was held Sunday (10/13) at Plaza Harmoni Crop Protection.

"The training was delivered by the speaker who immediately jumped into the field of maggot cultivation.  In this training there was a demonstration of hands-on practice on how to grow maggot.  It is hoped that the participants will be able to gain as much insight as possible about maggot cultivation and can be inspired to become the drivers of organic waste processing with maggot cultivation, "explained the IPB student who is also the head of the training committee, Bobby Yasadhana.

Maggot is a larva from Black Soldier Flys (BSF) or known as black army flies.  Unlike flies in general, BSF black flies are selected to be cultivated because they are not pathogenic agents or diseases.  "This maggot is actually a high protein for feed and a multi-use organic waste decomposing agent.  The waste eaten by BSF larvae produces compost and maggot can be used as animal feed, fish and birds, "said Aminudi Amin from PT Biomagg Indonesia.

According to Aminudi, Indonesia is very potential in the progress of maggot cultivation, because the climate in Indonesia is very supportive.  Maggot cultivation in Indonesia should be more advanced than other countries such as Korea in Japan, which has already maximized maggot cultivation to cosmetic and beauty applications.

Participants who attended this activity varied, ranging from students of IPB University, alumni, to people working in the fields of agriculture and animal husbandry.  In the training, demonstrations or practices were also carried out on how to use a good maggot cultivation strategy.

Enthusiastic participants were quite high by actively asking how the challenges in maggot cultivation.  "This cultivation has great potential with many institutions interested in cooperating with us, both in terms of organic waste processing, research, and future development.  The challenge is the initial investment part of the building and facilities, as well as the consistency and commitment to collect certain amounts of organic waste every day, "explained Amin, alumni of the Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University.

Some of the research developed from maggot in the future there will be the development of maggot for health and beauty.  It is hoped that more and more people will be interested in developing maggot cultivation.  With the development of maggot cultivation, it can increase the reduction of organic waste directly to landfills, and become a solution to increase the added value of waste products.  (HA / ris)

Published Date : 16-Oct-2019

Resource Person : Bobby Yasadhana

Keyword : maggot cultivation, Plant Protection Student Association (Himasita), Black Soldier Flys (BSF), Department of Agriculture Protection, IPB University