Pandemic community service activity (PKM) is a collaboration between Aquaculture Study Program and the Marine and Fisheries Division of Bantul Regency. The exploration of this collaboration started by both parties in March 2020. In the long term, this PKM aims to create an area-based fish farming center in Bantul Regency. Based on the results of a survey conducted during June-july 2020 and an assessment of the indicators of success, it was determined that a fish farming center would be developed sustainably at Mina Dompon Sejahtera Pokdakan (MDS). MDS, which was established in 2019, is a beginner class Pokdakan and is located in Kadisoro Hamlet, Gilangharjo Village, Pandak District (Figure 1). Currently, Pokdakan MDS manages 90 ponds built on 5,100 m2 of village treasury land. The commodities developed are catfish, gourami, and ornamental fish. In the short term, coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, this PKM aims to strengthen the on-farm performance of Pokdakan MDS through: (1) distribution of production facility stimulants in the form of fish feed, which functions as an asset as well as “revolving capital”; and (2) training in management and technical cultivation.
Fig. 1 Development of fish farming centers in Pokdakan MDS
The release of the PKM activity was carried out on August 11, 2020, along with a workshop involving lecturers of the Aquaculture Study Program (12 people) and stakeholders. The event was attended by, among others, the Head of the Bantul Regency, Bantul Regency, Bantul Regency’s Head of Marine Food and Fishery Agriculture, representatives of Bantul Regency DPRD members, Pandak Sub-district Head, Danramil Pandak, Pandak Police Chief, Gilangharjo Village Head, and all members of the MDS Pokdakan. The event was also attended by the manager of PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia in the DIY Province and its surroundings. The event was marked by the handover of 60 sacks of fish feed stimulants as “revolving capital” from the Aquaculture Study Program to the MDS Pokdakan (Figure 2). At the end of the event, all participants witnessed the harvest of consumption-sized catfish that were ready to be marketed to collectors. This event also discussed exploring cooperation between Pokdakan MDS and PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia as partners in providing fish feed.
Fig. 2 Release of PKM activities and symbolic handover of feed