IPB University OVOC Team Provides Assistance for Water Quality Improvement of Patin Fish Raising Ponds by Filtration Method
The One Village One CEO (OVOC) team of IPB University students held a mentoring programme to improve water quality by filtration to the working group (Pokja) and students at the Miftahul Ulum Islamic Boarding School (Ponpes), Tabalong Regency, South Kalimantan. The mentoring programme was conducted to increase the knowledge capacity of fisheries working group members at the boarding school.
Filtration ponds are one way to improve water quality, especially on pH, oxygen and ammonia. In the process, IPB University students from the OVOC team actively assisted the working group members and students involved.
Not only that, they are also equipped with knowledge on how to use and check water quality equipment and good water quality standards for catfish farming activities.
This activity is a collaboration between Adaro Foundation and IPB University in the Kedaireka Matching Fund programme.
The mentoring began with a discussion and presentation of material by the OVOC team on good water quality for catfish farming. After that, it continued with the preparation of filter media in the form of fibre and rocks.
“The filtration media used for the filtration of the rearing pond is a material that is easy to find, not difficult and cheap. Therefore, we used palm fibre and rocks as filtration media,” said Salma, the OVOC team member who accompanied the training.
The working groups and students were very enthusiastic to follow and see the process of installing the filter media into the filter pond. They were also given the opportunity to try directly in the process of preparing the filtration media.
“I just found out about this filter installation technique using fibre and rocks, so I didn’t want to miss any of the material and practice sessions. I also had the opportunity to practice directly during the process. So I can feel it and will be more confident in the future to be able to apply it too,” said Hadi, the head of the Miftahul Ulum Ponpes Working Group.
After the filter media was ready and cleaned, a round tray was installed to fit the filter pond and a net was installed to make cleaning the filter media easier. After that, the filtration media was placed on the waring.
With this mentoring activity, it is hoped that the students can increase their knowledge and understanding in cultivating catfish by maintaining the quality of fish water until harvest, so that the fish produced get high productivity.
“With this assistance, it is hoped that the students will not only learn religious knowledge, but also learn in the world of businesses, one of them is in the field of fisheries so that after the students graduate, they will already have the provision for entrepreneurship,” said Hadi. (*/Rz) (IAAS/RUM)