Hasanuddin University (Unhas) Faculty of Agriculture conducted Covid-19 Thematic Student Village Development activities, Tuesday (12/5/2020).
The theme raised this year is Yard Intensification through Family-based Healthy Vegetable Development as an effort to meet food needs during the Covid-19 period. This activity is expected to increase the food security of urban communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, this program is also expected to relieve boredom while staying at home or #DiRumahSaja.
The Bina Desa activity was opened by the Deputy Chancellor for Student and Alumni Affairs of Hasanuddin University in the Hall of the Faculty of Agriculture, and was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Deputy Dean for Planning and Finance, and Deputy Dean for Student Affairs and Alumni of the Faculty of Agriculture. Besides that, it was also attended by the activity companion lecturers and several students who were involved in this activity.
This activity involved 4 lecturers (Sartika Laban, SP, MP, PhD as the activity coordinator, Abdul Mollah Jaya, SP, M.Si, Dr. Ifayanti Saleh, SP, M.Sc, and Muhammad Junaid, SP, MP, PhD) and 26 students. In this activity, the Faculty of Agriculture distributed staple foods and vegetable and fruit seeds such as 98 chili seeds, 30 kale seeds, 30 okra seeds, 10 durian and rambutan seeds. The chilli and kale seeds were the work of agricultural students, while the okra and durian seeds were donated by the Faculty of Agriculture, Unhas.
These packages of groceries and seeds are then handed over to people affected by Covid located in Tamalate District. As it is known that Tamalate District is one of the districts that is included in the Covid-19 red zone. This condition certainly greatly limits people’s activities, including their access to meet their daily needs, especially food. In this condition, it is necessary to have the ability of the community to provide their own food items such as vegetables and fruit independently.
Yard intensification for the development of family-based healthy vegetables can be a solution to this problem. In urban areas, gardening can be done in the yard of the house using verticulture technology or polybags.