Poultry farmers in Lampung Province are starting to look at entog (Cairina moschata) to be developed as a source of animal protein for the community. In order to accelerate its development and marketing, the breeders formed the Lampung Berjaya Poultry Community (KULB). In order to explore the technicalities of entog cultivation and marketing, KULB held a discussion in Bandarlampung recently. Appearing as a resource person Omo Kusnadi, Director of Bina Tani, a non-profit organization that fosters farmers in technical cultivation and product marketing.
Omo assessed that the development of entog cultivation in Lampung is very prospective considering that this area has abundant sources of cheap feed, both from agricultural waste and agricultural/fishery product processing waste. "In marketing poultry products, the market requires certain specifications, such as weight, taste and color of meat," he said.
In addition, in marketing entog to eat, Omo asked KULB to identify market segments and focus on those segments. To identify this market, KULB must conduct a survey. “The largest market segment for entog in Lampung is restaurant segment, households, or the stalls/tents of pecel lele/duck. Then find out the advantages and disadvantages of entog meat with other ducks. Or even with the biggest market is Jabodetabek, what specs are needed by the market there," he explained.
Budi, a livestock consultant who was present at the discussion gave his input, saying that for the lower-middle market, the selling price factor is very decisive. So that production costs are low, breeders should not be idealistic in choosing feed. It's impossible to make a profit if you fully use the manufacturer's feed, because the price continues to soar. "It is possible to use factory feed until a certain age, but then you have to use your own blended feed to reduce feed costs," he reminded.
For independent feed, Budi said, the raw materials are abundant in Lampung and the price is cheap, namely rice bran, cassava and trash fish. The three feed ingredients are sufficient to meet the needs of carbohydrates, fats and protein for mutton. By concocting himself, Budi estimates that the price of feed is only Rp 4 – 5 thousand/kg, while if you use factory feed, the price is already Rp 9 thousand/kg and above.
In addition to the three raw materials above, there is also grade 3 corn which is cheap, shrimp cold storage waste, and crab processing waste and others. “A lot of waste from processing factories for agricultural, livestock and fishery products in Lampung can be processed into entog feed ingredients. In fact, I've even met an entog farmer who feeds from the inside of a banana stem. His ducks are fat, "said Budi. TROBOS