Faculty of Animal Sciences UGM has conducted a community service project in Penajam Paser Utara, East Kalimantan, from 24-25 April 2018. This is in line with the government’s Nawacita program to build the nation from the rural areas by enhancing villages.
Vice-Dean for Research, Community Service, and Cooperation of the Faculty, Bambang Suwignyo, Ph.D., said they did community capacity enhancement of farmer groups in the areas.
The event invited resource persons such as Prof. Dr. Ali Agus who gave a description about cattle culling management that is integrated with oil palm plantation. Another resource person, Yuni Erwanto, Ph.D., explained about integrated chicken breeding while Bambang Suwignyo discussed feed and herding.
According to Bambang, community service project in Penajam Paser Utara was still very open as the size of the area is almost a fourth of the total Indonesia’s land areas while the population is around 4 percent of the national population. If seriously managed, the area is potential to become food barns.
Bambang added the participants who were breeders also had oil palm plantations. They were enthusiastic to take part in the seminar, especially on the making of fermented, complete feed.
“The community service project is pretty enjoyable, especially the community are young people. They want to develop cow breeding in the land measuring 200 hectares,” Bambang said on Thursday(26/4).