UNAIR NEWS – Sustainability of UNAIR community service to the victim of Merapi eruption since 2011 in Tanjung, Wukirsari of Cangkringan, Sleman, DIY has created new source of economy for the people and object of education for the academic community.
Siti Asiyah, 50, the only woman in Tanjung who dared to receive UNAIR aid in a form of shelter and guidance to breed milk cows by UNAIR academician, LPPM UNAIR and IKA-UNAIR.
It was explained when she received annual community service visit before Dies Natalis UNAIR in Cangkringan beside visiting the Islamic boarding house Al-Qodir. The community service team was led by Dr. Ir. Sri Hidanah, MS., Secretary of Institute of Community Service, Education, Training and Development (LP4M )UNAIR and Prof. Dr. Djoko Agus Purwanto, Apt., M.Si (Former Head of LPPM, Current Institute of Educational Assessment and Development (LP3) UNAIR), Prof. Romziah Sidik, drh., Ph.D (Former FKH Dean/ pioneer Yogya community service), Drs. Ec. Mashariono, MBA (IKA-UA/pioneer), Dra. Widarmami (IKA-UA), Drh. Trilas Sardjito, MS (lecturer of FKH/expert) and staff of LP4M.
At first, the locals denied the aid as there was nobody had been a milk cow breeder due to its complexity. But after five years, dozens of Tanjung inhabitant, followed Siti Asiyah to be milk cow breeder and automatically be a member of Sarana Makmur Cooperative which collects their milk production.
From education aspect, this success to create new source of economy, has been research objects and clinical education (Co-Ass) for students. Siti said that FKH UGM students, including two Malaysian students have conducted Co-Ass research. The other UGM students have studied the cows piss and dung for organic liquid fertilizer. Then students of Universitas Islam Indonesia, KKN of Universitas Sanata Darma, and PKL of Midwifery students from Jakarta studied the milk colostrums as beauty products.
”There were others from Social and Politics UGM for scientific work on milk cows and environment, they made videos of us working,” said Siti Asiyah. It is also the place where Animal Integrated Service Post (Posyanduwan) was established and the activities are held every four months.
Siti shared her story, that a week before the shelter was opened (2011), two FH (Friesian Holstein) cows from UNAIR arrived. They were temporarily placed in her neighbor’s , Ngudiono, care. After days offering the aid to the locals, nobody was willing to accept it, until Siti and her brother, Moh Soleh, accepted reluctantly.
“We thought that ‘Is it a blessing and hints Allah has given to us? So with my brother’s consideration, we finally decided to accept the aid just before dusk prayer,” said the wife of Nur Rochmat.
From those two cows, they become 14 cows. Every day from two cows they could sell 15 liters of milk to the cooperative. The money can be operational expense of the farm and for the family. With FKH guidance, the locals have been taught on making yogurt, diversification of milk product. The excrement of milk can also be used for agricultural farm fertilizers. (*)
Author: Bambang bes