Delving into Aminudi’s BioMagg, Utilizing Organic Resources to Solve Indonesia’s Prominent Problems

Aminudi, alumnus of IPB University’s Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, has managed to achieve an award as the Best of the Best 2021 from Wirausaha Muda Mandiri. He had previously also received First Place of the 2021 Young Entrepreneur Leadership Program by the Bank of Indonesia. These awards were achieved through his contributions to solve Indonesia’s agricultural and environmental problems with his innovative creations.

The initial step in creating his innovations started through a discovery of issues while he was involved in the aquaculture of catfish. He found himself faced with two distinct problems: the fluctuating price of the third party to obtain his resources, as well as the progressively increasing price of fish feed. As fish feed composed as many as 67% of the total operational fees, he decided to search for a different alternative for fish feed.

Using the knowledge he gained during his time as an agricultural student in IPB University, he dug through literatures to find a solution to these problems. During his search, he came across a unique potential ingredient to create alternative fish feed: insects. This finding led him to eventually develop an alternative fish feed utilizing the Black Soldier Fly (BSF). Along with the passing of time, his creation was developed further and repurposed with the utilization of maggots to manage organic waste, leading to the creation of Biomagg.

Aminudi explained that maggots could overcome the problem of organic waste management in Indonesia. The average Indonesian produces as many as 300 kilograms of food waste each year, placing Indonesia 2nd worldwide as producer of food waste. Furthermore, the management of organic waste in Indonesia is far from established. Aminudi stated that this must be seriously considered, as organic waste makes up the largest percentage of Indonesia’s waste heap, composing 60% of the total number. The use of maggots is a step towards creating a new ecosystem, which is Green Economy, aiming to implement the efforts necessary to achieve the SDGs in Indonesia.

He also conveyed that Indonesia is still importing fish meal as a raw source of protein, amounting to as many as 105,7 million dollars per year. Aminudi explained that this again, is a contrast to Indonesia’s status as a maritime country with the widest coastline in the world and that it highly influences the price of fish feed for farmers and fish cultivators. Indonesia’s diverse resource of insects provide a huge potential for renewable protein sources.

Aminudi admitted that consistency and persistence were two incredibly important factors which had played their roles in helping him achieve his success. He added that no matter what hindrance, challenge, problem arise from both internal and external sources, that these problems must be faced instead of avoided. Related to both the work he does and in searching for solutions for Indonesia’s environmental problems, it is necessary to seek for the quickest and best solution by analyzing the decisions and steps which could provide the least amount of loss.  This is important to take into account, considering that the aim of these innovations is to provide a solution that could be easily and widely implemented. He also advised that it is important to hold discussions with the team and solve issues together as well.

Published Date : 14-Dec-2021

Resource Person : Aminudi

Keyword : Young Entrepreneur, IPB Alumnus, Award, maggot, animal feed, animal protein