Palestinian Citizens Learned Aquaculture to UMM

Author : Humas | Monday, February 25, 2019 14:28 WIB
Riza (red batik) was explaining her one house one pond concept to one of the Palestinians. (Photo: Special)

A number of Palestinians came specifically to the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) to learn about the findings of agricultural cultivation, livestock, and waters on Friday (2/15). Their presence was in order to follow up the collaboration between the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Faculty (FPP) of UMM with the Department of Aquaculture, Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

Dony Prasetyo, S.Pi. M.Si., explained. UMM Fisheries Department lecturer, the interested Palestinians in learning cultivation, especially the waters to UMM because the management was included in the standard of Good Fish Cultivation (CBIB) and has been certified. In addition to fish farming, they were also invited to see mushroom production, agricultural products and also bread making in one location.

Fisheries Department also introduces its flagship program, Aquaponics or Bio Natural (Biona) system. This system did not produce waste in ponds that were occupied by fish for 3-6 months. "Implementation of a system like this can be more efficient to be applied in the Middle East region such as Palestine. This system makes them study at UMM because it saves more land and water, "Doni continued.

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Some Palestinians were observing the results of UMM cultivation. (Photo: Special)

Furthermore, Aquaponic, continued Doni, was a sustainable farming system that combined aquaculture and hydroponics in a symbiotic environment. "In normal aquaculture, excretion or the process of removing metabolic waste and useless objects from animals that were maintained will accumulate in water and increased the toxicity of water if not disposed of," he explained.

In addition, one of the results of the latest UMM research was introduced and became a solution for urban communities in Palestine, it was the concept of one house one pond which was initiated by the Fisheries Department lecturer, FPP UMM, Riza Rahman Hakim M.Sc. In this concept, Riza had a strategy to use narrow land in urban to raise fish with maximum and efficient results.

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In this concept, Riza combined catfish cultivation in tarpaulin ponds with vegetable cultivation through the aquaponics system. There were two systems developed by Riza, they were bio-natural-based biona catfish cultivation systems and bionic catfish cultivation which were a combination of bio-natural and aquaponics. With this concept, the replacement of water was only 30% and only once a week.

In general, one house one pond made catfish manure as a plant fertilizer over a recurring pond. Besides saving in feeding catfish, this concept also minimized water usage. "In this concept, there is very little use of water. While in traditional catfish cultivation, around 50% of water was replaced and carried out almost every day. The water also smelled uncomfortable, "he said.

On a different occasion, UMM Rector Dr. Fauzan, M.Pd. said, strengthening expertise-based research was a characteristic of UMM to develop academic quality in order to compete at the international level. This was in line with the efforts of UMM, which continued to strive to map the expertise of the lecturers to have expertise that truly benefits the community. (Win)

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