A few lecturers of Universitas Padjadjaran did a community service by
holding a training on making deodorant and soap made from mangos in Jembarwangi and Darmawangi Villages, Tomo District, Sumedang Regency. This community service activity was carried out from July to October 2019.
The service was carried out by Prof. Hj. Yosini Deliana (from Faculty of Agriculture) with the team, Dr. Mohamad Djali (from Faculty of Agricultural Industrial Technology) and Sri Fatimah, Ph.D. (from Faculty of Agriculture).
“The PPM activity is expected to become an iconic product of Jembarwangi and Darmawangi villages, in accordance with the names and potentials of the two villages. This is also in accordance with the message and direction from the Governor of West Java regarding the concept of ‘one village one product’, which is expected to be able to elevate superior products by promoting creativity and innovation and utilizing local resources, ” said Prof. Yosini in a release received by the Office of Public Communication Unpad.
Prof. Yosini said that Sumedang Regency is a mango production center in West Java, besides Indramayu, Cirebon, and Majalengka.
“One of the districts in Sumedang Regency which is the largest mango producer is Tomo District. Meanwhile, the biggest mango producing village in Tomo Subdistrict is Jembarwangi Village and Darmawangi Village, “said Prof. Yosini. Mango varieties planted in the area are Gedong Gincu (50%), Arumanis (20%), Cengkir (20%), other types of mangoes (10%).
“Until now, mango in Sumedang regency is mostly sold as fresh fruit while processed mango products have not been done much until now, even during harvest season where abundant mangos caused the selling price to become very low, in addition to the nature of agricultural products including perishable mangoes. (Easily damaged or easily spoiled), “said Prof. Yosini.
Furthermore, Prof. Yosini said that the service objective was to engage the community with productive activities to make use of free time, which was hoped to increase family income. This activity is also expected to be able to motivate the community, especially mothers in the two villages, to become entrepreneurs.
This activity was attended by dozens of participants from both villages. Participants were very enthusiastic about participating in this event. Jembarwangi Village Acting Chief Mohamad Ihin Solihin and Darmawangi Hayati Village Chief also supported this activity.
They envision this event to continue, therefore there is a need for assistance and ongoing activities. In addition, the need for continuous activities for one group to succeed and become a model for other community empowerment. If the activity is only carried out for a moment and is not sustainable then the impact on the community will not be felt specifically, for long-term benefits. *
Translation by Rizal Fadilah