Community Services is a routine work program held by Himpunan Mahasiswa Teknik Kimia (HMPTSK) / Chemical Engineering Students’ Association of Parahyangan Catholic University. With the theme Helping AND Serving (HANDS), this community service that took up the concept of social responsibility, aimed at helping Desa Cukang Genteng (Ciwidey, Bandung Regency, West Java) that has agricultural potential.
The purpose of this program is for the villagers to be independent in managing agriculture. A symbolic handover of seeds to the Kepala Desa (head of village) and its actual planting was conducted. The seeds amounted to 200 pieces (mahogany and kibeureum) originated from the department of forestry. Other than just an application of fertilizer production, the planting of trees was conducted after observing the conditions of several village areas hit by landslides, and it is hoped that this program will be able to prevent further landslides.
The program was divided into two major stages. Stage one was a community service program conducted from January 31 to February 1, 2015. At this stage counseling/training of organic fertilizer production (BOKASHI) was the main program. This counseling is based on the high price and rarity of chemical fertilizers observed in many areas, this has caused anxiety among farmers. Many farmers tried to seek for alternatives of chemical fertilizers, but the relatively limited farmers’ ability in managing resources was the prime hurdle in the search for chemical fertilizers’ alternatives.
Stage two was a social service program conducted on March 8, 2015, and this program was the closing stage of the Chemical Engineering Community services 2014-2015. At the closing ceremony, an actual planting of seeds was conducted, as applications of fertilizer productions from stage one, as well as a form of concern towards the environment.