Lecturer of IPB University Still Serves the Community Even in the Middle of a COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the enactment of Work From Home (WFH) due to partially closed down policies at the IPB University Campus, lecturer activities are mostly carried out at home while still teaching online. On the sidelines of online teaching activities, Dr. Wiyoto, IPB University lecturer from the Aquaculture Fisheries Production and Management Technology Study Program, the Vocational School conducted activities with the community while still paying attention to the COVID-19 protocol. The joint activity was also filled with discussions about good ways of fish farming through WhatsApp and practicing it.

The activity, which was carried out with three residents who were close to Bukit Cimanggu City RT 05 / XIV, Cibadak, Tanah Sareal, Bogor City, tried to use the land for fish farming activities. Fish farming activities start from the preparation of production containers by making tarps independently. Fish culture containers in the form of tarpaulins are adjusted in shape and extent based on existing land. This tarpaulin is also relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain.

The types of fish that are kept are monoculture tilapia, catfish and catfish. Besides monoculture, it can also be combined with an aquaponic system. Aquaponic system is a combination of aquaculture activities with hydroponics, which is the metabolic waste of fish and decomposed food waste can be absorbed by plants as fertilizer. In addition, aquaponics has been widely practiced by the general public, easily imitated and applied by the wider community. This environmentally friendly system also makes the residents not too preoccupied with water changes because water quality will be maintained even if there is little or little water change.

This activity is very useful for the residents as time fillers on the sidelines of activities at home, providing new knowledge and as a way to avoid "cabin fever." According to Tomi, residents who are directly involved in tilapia and catfish culture activities, said that utilizing land for fish and vegetable cultivation is a very positive activity. He admitted, previously only heard of the cultivation of models like this and now can jump right in and feel the benefits even though only tried for a month.

According to him, the growth of tilapia is quite good with survival rate of approximately 99 percent during one month of maintenance. In addition to raising fish, Tomi along with Tri and Yudi also tried aquaponics with various types of vegetables namely kale, lettuce, pakcoy and mustard greens. The aquaponics system that was made together with several residents around the residence also used used items such as plastic bottles and gutters around the house or by making new construction. Aside from being useful as an interlude of activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, activities like this can continue not just during a pandemic.

Activities like the one above were also greatly appreciated by Dr. Irzal Effendi as Chair of the Study Program in Production Technology and Management of Aquaculture, Vocational Schools, IPB University. According to him, Dr. Wiyoto's activities were very strategic and tactical in facing the COVID-19 pandemic that struck and devastated various aspects of life, both health, economic, social, cultural and political.

Work from home (WFH) and Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policies require most activities to be carried out at home that can cause burnout and stress, so other more productive and innovative activities such as those conducted by Dr. Wiyoto are needed. In addition, this activity can produce fish and vegetables in an integrated and efficient manner in the community's environment, so that it becomes an element of community food security and a medium of mutual communication with residents.

Meanwhile, fish and vegetable selling transactions can be carried out at production sites, without crowding as in the market so they can support the government's PSBB program. With these activities, it can also be considered to be working on community service activities as one element of the Tri Dharma of Higher Education. In addition to education and research, during this extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic, community service must continue and not be surrendered by circumstances. Therefore Dr. Wiyoto left the legacy of integrated fish and plant cultivation technology in limited land to the community to be the wisdom of this pandemic. (IAAS / NAS)


Published Date : 05-Jun-2020

Resource Person : Dr Irzal Effendi

Keyword : IPB lecturer, SV IPB, aquaponik, hidroponik