In an ongoing effort to sustainably reduce the environmental impact of fish smoking industry waste, an innovative training session was held at Poklahsar Mina Asri in the city of Semarang. The goal was to teach the local community how to convert smoked fish waste into Liquid Organic Fertilizer (LOF) and useful compost.

This training was organized by PT. Pertamina Patra Niaga Integrated Terminal Semarang, a company long committed to promoting sustainable practices in the fishing industry. It’s part of their efforts to minimize the negative impact of fish smoking waste on the environment while increasing income and job opportunities for fish processors and marketers.

Seventeen members of the Poklahsar Mina Asri (Fish Processing and Marketing Group) participated in the training, eager to utilize previously unused smoked fish waste. The training covered various aspects including segregating and processing smoked fish waste, techniques for creating LOF, and producing quality compost from organic materials.

During the training sessions, Speaker Septrial Arafat (from the Agroecotechnology Faculty at FPP UNDIP) provided insights to participants on: Waste Separation – Methods to separate smoked fish waste from other materials for cleaner raw materials; LOF Production – Efficient fermentation processes to turn waste into nutrient-rich LOF; Organic Composting – Techniques for creating high-quality organic compost for farming and gardening; Waste Management – Strategies for overall waste management to minimize environmental impact.

In a statement, Mrs. Khadijah (the head of Poklahsar) said, “We are very enthusiastic about the potential of this training to enhance our community’s quality of life and help protect the environment. We hope participants can leverage this knowledge to produce quality LOF and compost for sale, reducing waste in our area, and supporting sustainable farming.”

The training also aims to create new economic opportunities for the local community. By transforming smoked fish waste into valuable products, participants can boost their income and help alleviate pressure on increasingly scarce natural resources.

Through this training, PT. Pertamina Patra Niaga Integrated Terminal Semarang showcases its commitment to being an innovation hub in waste management and sustainable practices within the fishing industry. The training participants are expected to become agents of change, bringing benefits to the local community and environment.