Manure Management for the Youth Farmer Group as A Startup Business of Fermented Organic Manure in Karangasem Village, Paliyan, Gunungkidul
More than 70% of the people of Karangasem village raise cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks. The abundance of manure can be used as a local commodity that has the potential to be a business opportunity for local communities through youth farmer groups. At present, the abundance has not been optimally utilized. Its use is only sown directly into the land, which can have several implications, including reduced nutrient content due to volatilization and lack of practical use. Managing manure into packaged fermented organic fertilizer makes its use more practical, effective, and efficient. The increase in the use of fermented organic fertilizers also can reduce agricultural production costs, such as purchasing chemical fertilizers. The purpose of this program was to assist Ngudi Boga's youth farmer group in managing manure into packaged fermented organic manure, which is marketable and partly used by themselves. Aerobic composting was applied. Raw materials, including manure, foliage, and other local organic matter, were used. The fertilizer samples were analyzed for nutrient content. It has produced 375 packs (5 kg/pack) of ready-to-use fermented organic fertilizer, equivalent to ± 1.76 tons. It was >75% of production sold by the limited local markets. Future improvement efforts related to increasing the capacity of grinding machines and developing a profit-sharing system with the village community need to be carried out.
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