UNAIR students use BSF maggots to decompose organic waste

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M. Fajar Faliasthiunus P., as the team leader, handed over the processed bsf maggots to one of the residents. (Photo: Personal Doc.)

UNAIR NEWS – Waste management still becomes an issue, especially for big cities like Surabaya. Accumulating garbage causes various other problems, such as health problems.

From these problems, several Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) students who are members of UNAIR Mamagot team managed to get funding from 2020 KBMI (Indonesian Student Management Business Activities) held by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia (RI). The team supervised by Andi Hamim Zaidan M. Si., Ph. D, UNAIR Physics lecturer, uses black soldier fly for cultivation to break down organic waste.

M. Fajar Faliasthiunus P., as the team leader, said that his team chose organic waste processing because they wanted to reduce the waste. Furthermore, it also helps urban residents who want to be entrepreneurs but constrained by limited space.

Mamagot is a business engaged in sociopreneur. The Mamagot business is also supporting the government’s action towards zero waste policy.

The innovation result of UNAIR Mamagot team. (Personal Doc.)

“Mamagot is a small contribution from us, youngsters, in reducing waste and creating a sustainable environment, opening job opportunities. Moreover, we are also currently trying to develop products from maggots such as chitosan and maggot oil as an effort to make self-sufficient in materials,” said the physics student on Monday, November 23, 2020.

By cooperating with the people of Sukomukti, Sukorejo Village, Kec. Bangorejo, Banyuwangi Regency, a business that has been funded from August to November, focuses on participating in cultivating BSF at home, also sorting out organic waste, which will be collected as material for reproduction.

“Mamagot has a value not only for business activities, but also for reducing the accumulation of waste in the environment,” said the Class of 2017 student.

With the funding, Fajar hoped that the Mamagot business will continue and be successful until the end of the 2020 KBMI activities. It is also an excellent opportunity for the team to be more enthusiastic about developing the business in the future. Moreover, hopefully, it can be used as motivation both in doing business and becoming a useful young entrepreneur. (*)

Author: Asthesia Dhea Cantika

Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh

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