As many as 47 KKN PPM Dikti Unhas students will accompany cocoa farmers in Gantarangkeke District, Bantaeng Regency. These students come from different departments within the Unhas Faculty of Agriculture.
Students will live with cocoa farmers, study and work with farmers for one month, starting June 18 2019. Students are divided and distributed to three farmer groups in Gantarangkeke sub-district, namely KT Sinar Ujung, KT Talaka, and KT Sumber Jaya.
Before students are deployed, guidance and training have been carried out related to the programs that must be run and the technicalities of cocoa cultivation. Cocoa technical training was delivered by lecturers and professional cocoa facilitators at KKN locations, namely Zainuddin, Ahmad Irfan Z, and Nurman. According to Asman, S.P, M.P. as one of the supervisors, technical training activities are very important to be carried out to prepare students to be truly ready to provide assistance to farmers.
The KKN PPM Dikti activity has the theme of community empowerment through improving the cocoa production system by using sustainable agricultural inputs, with a team of three, namely Asman, S.P, M.P., Prof. Dr. Ir. Ade Rosmana, and Dr. rer.nat. Zainal, STP., MFoodTech.
“The KKN-PPM program is one of the places where students can go directly to farmers and carry out empowerment programs and learn with the concept of” working with the community “in this case cocoa farmers so that there is increased ability in terms of knowledge and skills on both sides, and increasing partner empowerment, said Asman, SP, MP
For 30 days, students are expected to partner and work together with assisted cocoa farmer groups in the success of this program. This program is funded by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education’s DRPM, and is also implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, LPPM and UPT KKN Unhas, Bantaeng Regional Government, Cocoa Research Group, Faculty of Agriculture Unhas, and Farmer Groups (Sinar Ujung, Talaka, and Sumber Jaya).