Unpad Faculty of Agriculture Student is the General Champion of the National Soil Science Week 2019

[unpad.ac.id, 10/5/2019] Association of Soil Science and Land Resources Profession Students from the Universitas Padjadjaran Faculty of Agriculture is the general champion of the National Soil Science Week (Pilmitanas) held at Universitas Halu Uleo, Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on April 29th to May 3rd.

Universitas Padjadjaran Faculty of Agriculture Association of Soil Science and Land Resources Profession Students team at the National Soil Science Week held at Universitas Halu Uleo, Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on April 29th to May 3rd 2019.

They earned the title after winning a number of competitions in Pimitanas. Unpad placed first in the soil judging contest, poster contest, and quiz competition. Other than that, they also placed second in the scientific paper competition.

“Pilmitanas itself is a competition held by National Soil Science Communication Forum, which is held once in every two years,” told Andrew Yoel when he was met with his partners at the Unpad Public Communication Office, Friday (10/5).

In the scientific paper competition (LKTI), the Unpad team brought up the theme “Local Biodiversity Based Sustainable Farming System as an Attempt to Optimalize Degraded Land from Sand Mining”. The LKTI team consists of Andrew Yol, Corrynta Melissa Tarigan, and Sri Muji Rahayu.

“Here we used a case study in Cimalaka Village, where it’s famous for sand mining. So we want to optimize degraded land from previous sand mining,” explained Sri.

For the Soil Judging Contest, Dika Kencana Putera, Lingga Rahmawati, and Futri Fauziah represented the Unpad team. In this competition, Dika and his team described the soil profile of a location specified by the committee.

“The soil judging contest is very practical, like a practicum. So we don’t need to be indoors, we are really analyzing according to the characteristics we know,” said Dika.

Meanwhile, Resa Rismayanti took part in the poster competition. In this competition, Resa presented her poster titled “Agent of Change”.

“For the poster, I took [it] from a journal by an Unpad Faculty of Agriculture lecturer, Dr. Reginawanti Hindersah, Ir., M.P., and her partners. [The journal discuss] bioremediation, on land where there is previously gold mining,” told Resa.

For the quiz competition, Unpad was represented by Andrew Yoel, Lingga Rahmawati, and Futri Fauziah. The quiz competition was on the basics of soil science.

“It’s divided into two phases, the preliminary round, where we have to do 50 problems in one minute on paper, then the three biggest scores proceed to the final round,” said Andrew.

To take part in the competition, Himatan Unpad did an internal selection to have the best students represent Unpad in each competition. After the selection, the students were guided by the officers in the student association, with a chance to consult lecturers and alumni. Routine practice was also held in each competition.

“So we didn’t study independently, we won because of the guidance (from lecturers),” told Dika.

This is not the first time Unpad becomes the general champion in Pilmitanas. Unpad has been the general champion several times before in 2015, 2011, and 2009. After becoming the general champion once again, they hope Himatan Unpad can do even better next year.

“[We hope] Himatan can be a role model for other student associations in Unpad, that a student association has to achieve something,” said Andrew.

Report by Artanti Hendriyana/am
Translated by Dinda Ayu Maharani

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