The opening of Community Service activities for Food Security in the Covid-19 Pandemic Era was held on Monday (15/02/2021). This activity is the result of cooperation between Universitas Brawijaya (UB) and Youth Organization, Mojolangu Village, Lowokwaru District, Malang City.
One of the implementations is the “Urban Farming” program which is implemented in Mojolangu RW 01, which is called ” Cantewa Vegetable Garden” and “Farm Fish Cantewa”.
With a land area of 400m2, Cantewa Vegetable Garden is planted with various kinds of vegetables such as mustard greens, spinach, eggplant, red spinach, tomatoes and chilies. After harvesting, it will be sold to local residents at a price below the market, so that making it easier for food security during a pandemic.
The Chair of Lowokwaru Subdistrict Youth Organization, Totok Triyantoro, explained that these activities began in August, starting with the desire to create food security for residents and utilize empty land.
“We will use it which then will be returned to the community. So, don’t let the community can’t buy food, especially during the pandemic this time, “he said.
Furthermore, Totok said that the future plan is still focused on managing the vegetable garden so that the produce can be sold and fruit trees will be added.
For the Youth Organization itself, the program that will be developed later is not only a vegetable garden but also education and development of UMKM, not only in village, but all youth organizations in the sub-districts of Lowokwaru. He hopes that the community can make better use of it and students will also attend the program.
“The hope is that the community can make better use of it, and if lectures have started to be normal, UB students can participate in going to the community to see the potential exists around them that can be developed and managed,” he added.
Vice Rector IV for Planning and Cooperation Prof. Dr. Ir. Moch. Sasmito Djati, M.S., expressed his appreciation for this cooperation. With the potential of Malang City and the capacity of UB as a university, he hopes to work together to build the country.
“UB doesn’t want to be an ivory tower. We have a campus loop program and outside campus program. With our limitations, by God willing, UB and the community can jointly build this country that we love. The land of Java is very fertile land, if all of them become buildings, then I can’t imagine. Theefore, we take advantage of the urban planning concept earlier for all of us and for the country. Small land can be used, it does not exist in other countries except in Indonesia, “he concluded. [Rachma / Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]