UB Lecturers and Students Implemet Integrated Farming System in Kemiren Village, Banyuwangi

The Collaboration between Universitas Brawijaya Lecturer and Student Implements Integrated Farming System for Sustainable Agriculture Development in Kemiren Village, Banyuwangi

Universitas Brawijaya (UB) through the Doctoral Service Partnership program has succeeded in implementing Integrated Farming System (IFS) technology in Kemiren Tourism Village, Glagah District, Banyuwangi. The activity, which will be held in June-July 2023, aims to develop sustainable agriculture in the region by using an integrated automated system in a series of integrated systems.

The activity organizer team was led by Dr. Rita Parmawati, SP., ME (Expert in Sustainable Agriculture and Agricultural Social Economy) supported by five students. In addition, several lecturers were also involved, including Indah Yanti, S.Si., M.Sc (expert in Mathematical Modeling), Ayu Winna Ramadhani, S.Pi., M.Si (expert in Aquaculture), and Wuwun Risvita, S.P., M.P (Expert in Counseling and Community Empowerment).

Rita said that Kemiren Village was chosen as the location for this activity because it has good potential to be developed in the aspect of sustainable agriculture.

“The main objective of this activity is to develop Kemiren Village, community groups, and Micro Small Enterprises so that they are more advanced and independent economically, socially, culturally, educationally, and mastery of technology and IT. Implementation of Integrated Farming System (IFS) technology is one of the strategic steps to achieve this goal,” said Rita.

The socialization of IFS technology was carried out in a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) which was held on 18 June 2023 at Kemiren Village pavilion. The FGD was attended by the Head of Kemiren Village, Young Farmers’ Group, Agricultural Extension, and Kemiren village officials.

Rita and the team gave an explanation regarding the application of IFS technology. The material presented includes understanding the concept of integrated agriculture, how the integrated automated system works, as well as the benefits and advantages of its application in the future.

In implementing IFS, a team of UB students and lecturers runs a series of integrated systems which include fish farming, maggot cultivation, chicken farming, and plant cultivation.

“The integrated automatic system enables efficient monitoring and control and maximizes productivity at every stage of cultivation,” said Rita.

Through this activity, it is hoped that Kemiren Village and surrounding community groups can utilize IFS technology to achieve sustainable agriculture, increase economic independence, enrich socio-cultural aspects, improve education, and expand mastery of technology and information technology. This is in line with the service roadmap to realize sustainable integrated agriculture.

At the end of the activity, it is hoped that the implementation of IFS with an integrated automated system can have a positive and sustainable impact on Kemiren Village and the surrounding area. Thus, steps towards sustainable and independent agriculture are increasingly being realized in Kemiren Village, Banyuwangi. [UB DM Team /Irene/ UB PR/ Trans. Iir]