UNAIR NEWS – Cupak Village is located in Ngusikan District, Jombang Regency. Proliferation village of Kudu sub-district is located in the northern part of Jombang Regency which borders of Mojokerto Regency and Lamongan Regency.
In the opening ceremony, Community Service of Community and Partners (Deputra) BEM FIB UNAIR, Winarsono as Head of Cupak Village said Cupak was a remote village of eleven villages in Ngusikan sub-district, three hamlets: Cupak, Asemgede and Kromo.
“The Cupak village itself has an area of 71 hectares and has a population of around 937 people,” Winarsono said at the opening of Deputra at Cupak Village Hall, December 19.
In 2016, Cupak Village was appointed as Family Planning (KB) Village by Jombang District Government. It is because the village has a population innovation that has been carried out by local residents for a long time.
“Because every family from toddlers, teenagers, parents, and the elderly (Desa Cupak, ed) is actively involved in activities related to family planning program from the past,” said Winarsono.
Potential of Cupak Village
Aside from being a pilot of the KB village, Cupak also has excellent potential that is very interesting. Winarsono said, there are three great potentials in the village of Cupak.
First, Cupak Village has a religious area of Mount Pucangan. The place that has a relic of the Raja Airlangga site, is often visited by residents as a historical tourist place to find out the footsteps of King Airlangga’s journey with the existence of ancient tombs, one of which is Dewi Kilisuci.
“Most of them visited the tomb of Dewi Kilisuci, the only daughter of Airlangga, every Thursday Kliwon or Friday Legi,” he added.
Secondly, Desa Cupak applies inter-cropping patterns in the wide mountains. Plants such as corn, turmeric, and gadung are planted with terracing techniques in the middle of teak forests.
“Corn planted here is used as a superior type of bisi seed, and noodle flour ingredients by PT Ambico,” said Lastiyo, a village corn farmer in Cupak.
Third, is woven mat. Residents of Cupak Village use pandan leaves as a craft to woven mat and usually ordered to other areas such as Mojokerto and Surabaya.
Finally, Winarsono hoped that with the activities of Deputra in Cupak Village, it can help the development of the village economy and increase the income of the surrounding community in a sustainable way (*).
Author: Fariz Ilham Rosyidi
Editor: Nuri Hermawan