IPB University Vocational School Lecturers Give Training to Improve the Quality of Catfish Meat Through the Application of RASPRO Technology

A total of five lecturers from the Vocational School (SV) IPB University from the Seedling Technology and Management Study Program (IKN) carried out Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Training for the Catfish Cultivator Group (Pokdakan) in Kendalbulur Village, Boyolangu District, Tulungagung Regency. , East Java.

The activity with the theme "Improving the Quality of Catfish Meat through the Application of Recirculating Aquaculture System and Probiotic Technology (RASPRO)", is part of the Kedai Reka program - Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbud).

Dr. Cecilia Eny Indriastuti, Chief Executive of the Program invites farmers to be willing to change in managing catfish farming. In addition, she expressed her gratitude to the Head of the Fisheries Service, the Kendalbulur Village Head and partners who were present. Namely CV Wahana, CV Pradipta Paramita, United Nations Industrial Development Organization - Global Quality and Standard Program (Unido GQSP).

"Hopefully with the Kedai Reka program, universities and partners can get closer and good collaboration can be established," added Dr Wiyoto, Head of the IKN SV IPB University Study Program.

According to the Head of Kendalbulur Village and Head of the Fisheries Service, Kendalbulur Village is a fishery tourism village, especially catfish commodities. The developed catfish business starts from nursery to rearing. Growing systems use running water with a maintenance life of 7-8 months up to 7 ounces in size.

“Factory feed has recently experienced an increase in prices. We hope that the addition of probiotics to catfish feed can reduce the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) from the current figure of 1.4-1.5," he said.

In addition, the Director of CV Wahana, Abu Wasis said, after the pandemic, there was a decline in catfish production. According to him, the decline was due to the unsustainable supply of raw materials. One of the reasons, last year, the purchase of raw materials at the level of cultivators in the enlargement segment, the value had dropped to Rp 14-15 thousand per kilogram.

“This makes fellow cultivators sluggish and less enthusiastic about running their business. However, market demand for processed catfish fillets, which had been sluggish due to the pandemic, is now gradually returning to normal," he added.

The event continued with training materials with the theme "Utilization of probiotics to improve the quality and quantity of meat and decrease FCR in catfish farming and application of probiotics in catfish cultivation and monitoring water quality"

Dra Agnes Heratri, MP Director of CV Pradipta Paramita explained, appropriate technology is needed to reduce the need for water, feed, and minimize waste disposal so that the quality of aquaculture water is in optimal condition. One of them is by adding probiotics to the feed.

“The use of probiotics is beneficial in cultivation. Such as being able to decompose organic matter content in water, removing toxic compounds, increasing fish immunity to disease and being able to reduce FCR by 0.1 to 0.4," she explained.

As a Freshwater Aquaculture Expert, GQSP, Imza Hermawan added, it is necessary to periodically measure water quality to determine the condition of the water quality of the cultivation media. Catfish cultured in media with water quality in accordance with fish needs will be able to produce better growth performance. Imza will also participate in monitoring and managing the implementation of the Kedai Reka program in the field. (AF/WB/Rz) IAAS/SYA

Published Date : 22-Sep-2022

Resource Person : Dra Agnes Heratri

Keyword : Kedai Reka IPB, Lecturer of SV IPB, Quality of Catfish Meat, Kendalbulur Village