"Dosen Mengabdi" of IPB University Cultivating Fish in Limited Land: Food Security Solutions during the Pandemic

IPB University lecturers from the Aquaculture Technology Production and Management Study Program (TPMPB) alongside with the Agricultural Technology Production and Community Development Study Program (PPP), of IPB Vocational School, hold the "Dosen Mengabdi" cross-study program. This training event which raised the theme about "Cultivating Fish in Limited Land" is conducted in September and October 2020. 

Amalia Putri Firdausi SPi, MSi, a lecturer at IPB University, said that, this event was conducted in order to support people who are interested in fish farming but they have limited land to start their own business. Amalia introduced aquaponics scheme as an alternative to use limited land for fish and plant cultivation at the same time. According to her, the aquaponics system will then become a breakthrough entrepreneurial solution that can help to improve food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Each phase of fish cultivation that is obtained will determine the success of the aquaculture business. The cultivation phases comprising preparation of containers, stocking seeds, managing water quality, monitoring growth and also harvesting. The container procurement in the preparation phase is indeed really important to provide optimal conditions for fish, hence it will increase the quality and quantity of fish for sure. High quality of seeds also need to be considered by us, so that the product quality is guaranteed.

 Meanwhile, according to Dr. Wiyoto, aquaculture is a profit-oriented cultivation that rely on aquatic organisms in a controlled containers and media (water). Intensive cultivation technology is currently becomes an option for us, where fish are maintained at high density which supported by a controlled environment.

 "The majority of participants come from farmer groups who do not have the aquaculture background. Therefore, it is very important to provide knowledge about the basics of aquaculture," he said. 

The participants are also expected to comprehend the factors that can trigger the disease. Wida Lesmanawati, SPi, MSi explained that the factors that trigger disease are the presence of pathogens or disease-causing agents, fish and the environment. Fish that carry pathogens can also infect other fish to become sick. "Environmental factors become quadratic factors whereas the impact that caused by the environment is greater than the factors from the pathogens and fish themselves. Various actions are needed to be done in order to prevent this happening, including managing water quality and fish health properly," She explained.

Currently, the participants have started the cultivation system in the tarp and they are used to try the vertical aquaponics system. Hopefully, the training on fish cultivation in limited land will then further develop the aquaculture system and technology used. Participants also tend to understand the importance of monitoring water health and quality, producing fish and plants of good quality and quantity, and maintaining sustainable communication. (IAAS/RI)

Published Date : 09-Oct-2020

Resource Person : Amalia Putri Firdausi SPi, MSi

Keyword : Vocational School, Serving Lecturer, LPPM, IPB University