The Faces of Four KKN UGM Teams during a Workshop in Indmira
December 16, 2015 - Uncategorized
This year, Indmira partnered up with ten KKN teams from Gadjah Mada University (UGM). Indmira’s contributions to these rural builders were in the forms of agricultural products that we produce, such as fertilizers, fungicide, and animal feed supplement, and a workshop in verticulture.
Four of those ten teams took the workshop on Monday, 8 June 2015. Two are staying in Java (Desa Poncosari, Srandakan, Sleman and Desa Kebonsai, Pacitan) and the others are going east (Banda Neira, Mollucas and villages of Mongilo and Owata, Gorontalo). All teams were hoping to help the locals maximize their gardens by practicing verticulture method. The Pacitan team added that they hoped this method would improve the nutrition for the villagers.
These teams would depart to their destinations in the beginning of July and had been preparing their social service portion of their studies. One of those preparations is by partnering up with PT Indmira, which would provide agricultural products from its research and verticulture planting techniques
On Monday, 8 June 2015, the four contingents gathered gathered at the Indmira Headquarter on Jl. Kaliurang km 16,3. Their first activity of the day was a visit to the Fun Farm on Merapi (FFM). This small plot at the Amboja Farm on Jl. Kaliurang km 19 is managed by Koko Sasongko and one of Indmira’s partners in the H2B program. Here, Koko talked about and showed some organic practices done on the farm. This method of farming would be appropriate for home gardening because the omission of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides makes it safe and cost effective. In response to what kinds of plants could be planted on the garden, he recommended local plants that were already consumed daily by the villagers.
Upon returning to the headquarter, the students were given the tour of the facility, mainly the hydroponic sytems and waste management. It was explained that the formulations for the hydroponic was optimized in our own laboratorium. The students were also shown the waste processing plant for oil palm that employed pyrolytic processes.
After the tour, Azmi Basyarahil shared his KKN stories in Papua. Having earned his bachelor degree in Agribusiness from UGM and currently pursuing his masters in the same institution, Azmi tried to motivate the students to learn from this once-in-a-lifetime experience using pictures and videos. Besides his own, he showed how others had succesfully continued their KKN work after leaving the locations.
“You all must have planned progams for your KKN locations. However, when you get there, you may have to forget all of them. You first have to take off your attributes as university students and touristic attitudes. Try to wear the same clothes as the locals to get you closer to them and not some saviors from UGM”, Azmi spoke. “That is one of the ways to make connections with the villagers so that you can be accepted sooner. You only have two months there. There are not many things that can be accomplished in that period. But one of the most important things that can be done is to inspire the local youths to reach higher,” he added. Besides finishing his graduate studies, Azmi is currently doing business in agricultural sector by directly connecting the producers to the market, so consumers can know and appreciate the farm produce they are buying.
The day was ended with the verticulture hands-on practice. Using recycled materials, such as grain sacks and water bottles, the participants prepared the verticulture materials. The sacks were approximately 30 cm wide and 60 cm tall, propped up with bamboo, and could hold 10 plants on the sides. The water bottles were cut on one end to allow hanging on the wall and vertical stacking. These media were planted with horticulture seedling and treated with Indmira’s products. Verticulture methods allow for smaller land, less water, weed suppression, and decoration for a home. These advantages will hopefully motivate people in water-scarce area to optimize their gardens.