IPB University KKN-T Students are Ready to Help Increase the Economic Value of Salt Farmers in Grobogan

A total of 32 IPB University students took part in the Thematic Real Work Lecture (KKN-T) in Purwodadi District, Grobogan Regency, Central Java. Dozens of students came from the Faculty of Agriculture, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science (SKHB), Faculty of Agricultural Technology (Fateta), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA), Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM), Faculty of Human Ecology (Fema) and School of Business (SB).

“They will serve in Jono Village, Simo Village, Tambakselo Village and Winong Village. The activity is community empowerment after COVID-19. During the next 40 days, students are expected to be able to identify the problems and potentials that exist in the four villages in Grobogan Regency. Then they try to provide a solution," said Dr. Deden Saprudin as the Regional Coordinator Lecturer for KKN-T IPB University in Grobogan Regency, 20/6. According to him, these problems and potentials become a work program that will be implemented while implementing KKN. This program was then formed into a proposal and presented in the first workshop in front of the relevant officials and villagers.

Meanwhile, Prof. Hamim as the KKN-T supervisor in this area said, "The output we expect from students is the emergence of a sense of caring and empathy, training in good cooperation between students and with residents and related village officials, as well as expanding communication networks. This is because KKN-T is thematic in nature, students are required to empower the community through various potentials such as tourism, agriculture, handicrafts and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).”

In welcoming students, he explained that the empowerment that can be done in Jono Village is to help increase the economic value of salt farmers who come from ground water. "Activities that students can do are conducting counseling on the use of online marketing applications, making attractive packaging and more modern salt processing technology," he said.

“For Simo Village, it can be done by developing ideas regarding the development of Simo Reservoir. Meanwhile, Tambakselo Village has good agro-tourism potential with the main agricultural commodities in the form of corn and rice plants. This area consists of forest areas that play a role in the conservation of natural resources and have great potential in the development of agro-tourism, namely in the form of longan, avocado and others," he explained.

He added that Winong Village has great potential as a horticultural center for shallots, melons and watermelons. The problem that occurs is that many farmers experience large losses in horticultural cultivation, presumably due to limited information on price fluctuations and post-harvest technology and processing of horticultural products. "Therefore, based on the potential and problems that exist in each village, IPB University students through the KKN-T program are able to provide solutions to create advanced and independent villages," he added.

Meanwhile, Candra as a representative of the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) of Grobogan Regency hoped that this activity would be able to create good cooperation between the village community and students and the IPB University campus.

"Students can implement the knowledge gained to provide benefits to the community in each village," said Candra in the coordination meeting and welcoming students of KKN-T IPB University. (**/Zul) IAAS/SAV

Published Date : 23-Jun-2022

Resource Person : Prof Hamim, Candra

Keyword : IPB University, KKN-T, Mahasiswa