IPB University Students Learn To Cultivate Fruit Crops at Pt Great Giant Pineapple, Lampung

As many as 15 IPB University students studied fruit cultivation and marketing at PT Great Giant Pineapple (PT GGP), Lampung, some time ago. Students from the Faculty of Agriculture and the School of Business were accompanied by five lecturers. This activity was carried out in the context of the Freedom of Learning - Independent Campus (MBKM) activities.

"In this activity students learn from land preparation, planting, maintenance, harvesting to marketing some of the fruits produced by PT GGP (pineapple, banana, crystal guava and coconut). While in the field, students saw and discussed directly with managers regarding land preparation to the process of packaging fresh and canned fruit products to be marketed domestically and abroad," said the Head of the Student Advisory Team, Dr Iskandar from the Department of Soil Science and Land Resources (ITSL) IPB University.

Another team of lecturers who accompanied the students were Dr Suwardi, Dr Heru Bagus Pulunggono, Dr Wahyu Purwakusuma, Dr Herdhata Agusta and Dr Dhika Prita Hapsari.
He added, apart from studying fruit cultivation and marketing, the students were also introduced to the composting process and the manufacture of liquid organic biofertilizer (LOB) produced by PT GGP. Compost is made from agricultural waste and cow manure.
"In addition to producing compost, PT GGP also utilizes microbes to increase the availability of nutrients in the soil. With such activities, PT GGP is an example of a company that applies the concept of integrated agriculture by managing and utilizing agricultural waste for cattle feed and returning livestock waste to agricultural land," he added.

According to him, this agricultural concept is one of the Kedai Reka Matching Fund programs. The program is entitled "Scale up Utilization of FABA Enriched Compost to Overcome Soil Degradation and Increase Pineapple Productivity of PT Great Giant Pineapple in Lampung Province" in collaboration between IPB University and PT GGP.

Dr Iskandar explained that the Kedai Reka Matching Fund program had been initiated since 2021 in order to utilize FABA waste (fly ash and bottom ash) to improve compost quality. The trial results in 2021 show that FABA-enriched compost (komfaba) can improve soil chemical and physical properties, particularly pH, C-organic, bases, and bulk density and plant growth.

According to a research team from PT GGP located in Terbanggi Besar District, Central Lampung, Ratdiana, the komfaba application produces larger fruit and faster harvests.
"It is estimated that the application of komfaba can accelerate the harvest two months earlier than without komfaba," added Ratdiana.

The students who took part in the MBKM activities felt very lucky because they gained integrated agricultural knowledge and cultivation. This series of MBKM activities will be continued on the IPB University Campus in a number of additional lectures that will be given by a team of lecturers. (**/Zul) (IAAS/STR)

Published Date : 07-Dec-2022

Resource Person : Dr Suwardi, Dr Heru Bagus Pulunggono, Dr Wahyu Purwakusuma, Dr Herdhata Agusta dan Dr Dhika Prita Hapsari

Keyword : IPB University, PT GGP, Students, MBKM