Maggot Cultivation to Overcome Environmental Pollution while Reducing the Cost of Cattle Feed

Maggot Larvae

Maggot Black Soldier Fly (BSF) is a larva of the black soldier fly. The form of its first cycle (larvae) goes through the process of metamorphosis into adult flies. These animals are able to process various types of organic waste quickly, do not spread disease, are friendly to humans, do not bite, so they are very useful and safe for cultivation.

This was conveyed by the professor of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Universitas Brawijaya (Fapet UB), Prof. Nurul Isnaini in socialization and maggot cultivation training activities, Saturday (15/7/2023). He and the community service team consisting of Dr. Adelina Ari Hamiyanti, Hanief Eko Sulistyo, MP., and Aulia Puspita Anugerah Yekti, M.Sc. carried out these activities in Pandesari Village and Wiyurejo Village, Pujon District. Because the two areas are centers of dairy farming in Malang area, farmers there experience problems related to high feed costs and biogas sludge waste (from cow dung) that has not been managed properly so that it has a large potential to cause environmental pollution.

Prof. Nurul Isnaini

Prof. Nurul believes maggot cultivation has advantages from various aspects. Such as using sludge waste as a cultivation medium, BSF contains good nutrition for cattle, and used cultivation media can be used as organic fertilizer for vegetables and feed crops. The stages of this larval cultivation start from incubating the eggs, moving the larvae to the enlargement medium in the form of organic waste. Then in the final stage is maggot harvesting.

Meanwhile, in terms of nutrition, BSF has a high protein and fat content, so it can be used as a substitute for dairy cow concentrate. The manufacturing step is after the harvesting process is dried and ground to form flour. Then maggot flour can be used as a partial substitute for concentrate for dairy cows.

Meanwhile, in terms of commercialization, Aulia Puspita M.Sc. said that maggot products can be an additional income for breeders. Marketing efforts can be carried out by utilizing the marketplace so as to be able to reach a wider marketing area and optimize the profits to be obtained.

After the presentation of the material, the participants were taught the practice of maggot cultivation and the technique of mixing maggot flour in dairy cattle feed. They were accompanied by UB Students Build Village (MMD) to create an account on the marketplace and start filling out various maggot products in the account.

The Head of Krajan Hamlet, Yusha Hikma Manggala said that the Village Government is very grateful for assistance with activities like this. Hopefully in the future maggot cultivation technology can help the residents of Pandesari Village and Wiyurejo Village in overcoming waste problems which so far have not been managed optimally. (team/dta/ UB PR/ Trans. Iir)