[unpad.ac.id, 02/07/2019] In an effort to tackle the spread of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) in Indonesia, five Universitas Padjadjaran students developed a mosquito larvae pesticide product using lime peel waste.
The product, called “Jentik Nyamuk Mati” (lit. Mosquito Larvae Nevermore) or “Jemukti” was developed by Muhamad Imam Muhajir (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science), Ajar Faflul Abror (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science), Regi Admar Yusup (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science), Sandi Sudjatmiko (Faculty of Social and Political Science), and Diani Citra Ayu (Faculty of Communication Science) under the supervising lecturer Dr. Euis Julaeha, M.Si.
As the name implies, Jemukti is a pesticide that focuses on eradicating mosquitoes or larvae. This drug is not in powder form, but uses effervescent technology.
Through this technology, consumers do not have to bother spreading the pesticide into various puddles. By simply dipping an effervescent tablet in water, the pesticide will automatically dissolve.
In a release received by the Unpad Public Communication Office, Jemukti uses natural ingredients in the form of lime peel. This material claims to make the product safer than similar products that tend to use synthetic products.
Thus, Jemukti provides a guarantee that this product will only have a minor impact if the water mixed with the product is ingested by humans.
Imam and his team also conducted a campaign to use “Jemukti” to provide positive benefits to the Indonesian family environment. It is hoped that, in addition to being able to reduce the number of dengue disease occurrences, the product that has the slogan “Exterminate Larvae Before Becoming Mosquitos” can be a solution to reduce lime peel waste.
Jemukti product development was part of the the Unpad Student Creativity Program for the Entrepreneurship category (PKM-M). At present, the “Jemukti” PKM-K team has successfully received funding from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. *
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Translation by Shabrina Maharani
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