Exploring Tourism Potential, DM UB Team Designs Koi Latukan Village Tourism

Latukan Village is one of the villages in the Karanggeneng sub-district, Lamongan Regency, East Java. This village has a status in the Village Building Index (IDM) published by the Ministry of Villages in 2020 as an Independent Village, a status which is the peak of the 2020 Ministry of Village Development Index rating scale, at 0.893.

This village is also known for its superior product in the form of koi fish cultivation. Through the “Latukan Koi Tourism Village”, the economic level of the community and the business climate can be improved. Departing from this potential, UB Doctoral Service team designed koi village tourist destination.

“Although the potential already exists, Latukan village does not yet have a development concept. So, it is important to prepare the right steps, from cultivation, post-harvest management and transportation, sales management, establishment of recreational parks and education as well as increasing human resources, “explained Prof. Dr. Ir. Maftuch, M.Si as the head of the DM UB team.

The man who now serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences assesses that campus involvement is important for village development. “The support of FPIK UB through community service is important so that efforts to build village characteristics are stronger, comprehensive and sustainable,” he explained.

In creating the design of tourist destinations, the DM team consisting of Retno Tri Astuti, S. Si, M. Si, Fahreza Okta Setyawan, S. Kel, M. T and five students from the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences collaborated with koi cultivation group and post harvest management. “The goal is to generate economic value and increase people’s income, as well as to characterize the area through koi as an icon of Lantukan village,” said Reghita Dwi Farikhah, representative of the student team.

This community service activity began in July 2021. “The collaboration between the Dean of FPIK and the Head of Village Community Empowerment Service of East Java Province was carried out last year. As a follow-up, this team submitted a village community service plan, and was supported by regulations and funding from the village budget. This effort will be very strategic to help accelerate village development and will later become part of the BUMDes,” he said.

This year, there are several stages of activities that will be carried out by the DM team. It began with socialization and facilitation of the design of developing a koi cultivation tourism village, then continued with strengthening BUMDes and educating village officials and community groups about the strategic function of BUMDes towards residents and this tourist village. And lastly, monitoring and evaluating program sustainability.

Through the program, the DM UB team hopes that the development of the potential of Latukan village can have a positive impact on the community and be able to contribute to the village’s original income. (VQ/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)