Improving Nutrition and Cultivating Islamic Students’ Independence through the Assistance of Milk Processing Catfish Cultivation

A team of lecturers from the Faculty of Animal Husbandry Universitas Brawijaya (Fapet UB) conducts community service to Nurul Muttaqin Albarokah Islamic Boarding School, Tlogowaru, Kedung Kandang District – Malang City. Activities carried out by Dr. Tri Eko Susilorini is a member of Dr. Kuswati, Rini Dwi Wahyuni, M.Sc, Ria Dewi Andriani, M.Sc, Poespitasari Hazanah Ndaru, M.P., and Wike Andre Septian, M.Sc. They provide training on milk processing, grants for pasteurization equipment and chiller machines, as well as cultivation as an effort to improve nutrition for santri and female students.

According to Icus (Dr. Tri Eko’s nickname), the majority of the students are in their infancy, so they need adequate protein intake. Moreover, Nurul Muttaqin Albarokah Islamic Boarding School has 351 students, consisting of 135 male students and 216 female students who have nutritional problems.

The milk processing training activity brought practitioners as well as alumni of Fapet UB, Dr. Dodik Suprapto, S.Pt., M.Sc. He taught the manufacture and packaging of pasteurized milk to 12 male and female students, Sunday (6/2/2022).

After getting a brief introduction about milk by Ria Dewi, M.Sc, participants were invited to process 100 liters of fresh milk using a pasteurizer.

Pasteurization is a heating process using temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius for a certain period of time. The goal is to kill some microbes by minimizing protein damage due to too high temperatures and to extend the shelf life of milk. Because one of the properties of fresh milk is easily damaged and contaminated.

Pasteurization of 100 liters of milk produces 500 bottles which are ready to be distributed to the students. Furthermore, Fapet UB team will only provide fresh milk and it will be processed independently by the students.

“In the future, we hope that the students will be able to sell their own processed pasteurized milk. So that it can increase income for the boarding school as well as foster an entrepreneurial spirit and increase creativity,” said Icus.

Besides, Icus and the team will also provide assistance for catfish seeds to be cultivated as a source of food for the students. The catfish cultivation training will be guided by Wike Andre, M.Si and implemented on the next visit. While the construction of catfish ponds has been carried out, Saturday (5/2/2022). (dta/Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)

Preparation for the construction of a catfish pond