Last Wednesday, March 6, 2019, students of the Faculty of Biology, University of Medan Area did a field trip to a dragon fruit garden belonging to the alumni of the Faculty of Biology which is located in the Perbaungan area, North Sumatra. The business has been managed by the late Mr. Suhardi (Alumni of the Faculty of Biology, UMA) since 2013 and is now being continued by his son Prayoga.
The field trip was attended by the Dean, Deputy Dean, Lecturers, Staff, and Students of the Faculty of Biology UMA. In the location, the group was given directions by Yoga about how to pick dragon fruit and yoga also explained the difference between their dragon fruit and dragon fruit that we usually buy in the market. "The difference between the dragon fruit that we plant with dragon fruit from Java, from the texture of the color we can see that most of the dragon fruit in the market are yellowish, some are green because they are deliberately harvested half-ripe so that they can be sold on the plate. planting uses goat manure and does not use chemicals, ”said yoga.
The purpose of this field trip is to provide knowledge to students about the process of planting, fertilizing to obtaining results, where this activity can support students in entrepreneurial activities and apply bio-entrepreneurship courses in the business world.
Dragon fruit grown in “O” hut has a very sweet taste and is bright red. Not forgetting that each student and lecturer brought a dragon fruit home for the family at home.