Mengawali tahun 2013, MUK mempererat hubungan kerjasama dengan BIRU yang sudah terjalin selama ini dengan melaksanakan pelatihan singkat yang dikhususkan untuk Promotor. Sebagai salah satu institusi finance untuk program Biogas Rumah, dipandang perlu untuk memberi pelatihan khusus untuk staf MUK yang akan bertindak sebagai Promotor atau agen – agen promosi di lapangan. Mengambil tempat di Balai Serba Guna SARI ASIH desa Blimbingsari tanggal 11 januari 2013, training singkat diberikan untuk semua staf MUK cabang Jembrana, sedangkan untuk cabang Buleleng, Tabanan dan Baturiti diwakilkan oleh Kepala cabangnya.Training ini mengikutkan sertakan juga tukang Biogas yang sudah dilatih oleh BIRU.
Tujuan dari diselenggarakannya training ini adalah untuk memberikan pemahaman dan pengertian yang sama untuk para Promotor untuk mempromosikan program biogas dilapangan. Sebagaimana yang telah ditargetkan, MUK akan membangun 100 reaktor biogas selama tahun 2013 ini. Untuk itu diperlukan promosi secara intensif untuk mencapai target tersebut.Dengan diberikannya training singkat ini diharapkan pengembangan program biogas ini akan dapat diinformasikan dengan tepat sasaran dan target yang diharapkan dapat tercapai.
I Nyoman Wirata, 54, an elementary school teacher who lives in the village of Blimbingsari, western Bali. He has been a teacher for 26 years. He has two daughters, the first daughter had finished college and the second still in high school. His wife is a housewife who works at the garden and raising pigs.
I Nyoman Wirata undergoing a serious effort to raise pigs because the results are very helpful family economy. One of them is to help finance his daughter college. Currently he has 10 sows and cage size 56m2. During this time he sells piglets and fattening pigs for rolling pigs.
Havingmore than 5 pigs, of course generate a lot of manure as well. During this time to manage the pigs manure, he used it for organic fertilizer. However, due to an increasing number, I Nyoman Wirata feel overwhelmed because of air pollution generated. In addition to pollution, resulting in an unhealthy environment as well.
Hearing the biogas program from MUK, I Nyoman Wirata immediately joined. He wanted to use pig manure that had been considered pollution into something useful. During this time he spent two LPG gas cylinders every month. A gas cylinder weighing 15kg with a price Rp.82.000. With the biogas, he hoped to be able to save on expenses to cover the kitchen. Besides, this program supports environmental conservation programs announced by the government.
As a follow-up of Green Loan program, MUK had socialization to the community of the importance of this program. This program is full support from KIVA. Socialization held for 2 days in 3 different places. As a new program, explanation of the program is assisted by skilled trainers from BIRU. To facilitate the delivery of information, dissemination activities are delivered in a method that is easily understood by the public. Supported by video and some pictures, this activity became an interesting thing.
This event was attended by residents in three villages. In addition to their understanding that still lay on biogas, they also still use firewood for cooking. Some are already using gas.
The existence of this program is the main attraction of the society, especially farmers and ranchers, because so far they almost do not know about the utilization of biogas for cooking in addition to fertilizers. This would be a very beneficial for the economic empowerment of society. In addition to reducing the cost of buying LPG, the program also supports the preservation of the environment.
In addition to being a low-cost energy solutions for communities, the use of cow dung as raw material for biogas have a positive impact on the environment. Waste caused by cow manure or pig began to decrease and the sources of air pollution can be reduced. In addition, cow and pig dung that has undergone fermentation in an-aerobic conditions can be utilized as organic fertilizer on your plants and agriculture. Waste from this process, called dregs biogas (bio-slurry), containing the various elements required by plants, such as elements of N, P and K, which is the main nutrient in the growth process. Bio-slurry also improve soil structure and increase soil water holding capacity, which in turn improve soil fertility in the long run.
Following the biogas program from MUK, KIVA visit to MUK date 28 to 29 September 2011. KIVA is represented by, Benjamin Elbelger (Director of Strategic Initiatives), Cissy Deluca (Field Support Specialist) and Alice. This partnership continued from the writings of Anne Conlin at Kiva’s Blog which has also been published previously. Anne is a Kiva fellows who served in MUK few months ago.
The first day begins with training and socialization about Biogas to all Field Officers. All FO from three branches are invited to attend this event. It is intended that all the FO have the same perception that the application of the field will be the same. Trainer for this training was delivered by I Gede Suarja, BIRU Provincial Coordinator of Bali.
After meeting with the Chairman and Manager of MUK, visits continued to Biogas in the third denplot users.
With the follow-up visit from KIVA, the expected cooperation MUK and KIVA will continue especially in the Green Loan program which is currently being launched by both sides.