Tasikmalaya News, (harapanrakyat.com),– An artist as well as a cultural observer from Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java H Taufik Faturohman initiated the Ngurek Hole Contest, also known as Eel.
Ngurek is a Sundanese term for empty-handed fishing for holes or eels. Meanwhile, if you use tools, you only need a simple fishing rod.
The Ngurek competition was held at a fish pond near the residence of H Taufik Faturohman in Pagersari Village, Pager Ageung District, Tasikmalaya Regency, Sunday (16/1/2022).
Initially the Ngurek Competition was held only at the local Tasikmalaya level. But now this unique competition has been held at the West Java level. Even fighting for the Governor of West Java trophy.
Unmitigated, the Ngurek Lubang competition this time the committee provided a motorbike as a prize.
The motor is intended for participants who managed to get the Hole with the highest weight. The committee itself provides 80 kilograms of holes with varying sizes and weights.
Ngurek Contest to Preserve Holes or Eels in Tasikmalaya
One of the Ngurek participants, Asop admitted to participating in the Ngurek Competition because of his fishing hobby, including Lubang or Sidat.
“Besides that, we also care about the preservation of the hole or eel. Later, when they are small, they will be kept in the pond in the yard,” he said, Sunday (16/1/2022).
Asop said, Ngurek has been his hobby for a long time. He said he really likes fish. However, if you have capital Asop wants to develop a fishing business.
“When Ngurek is the most delicious, it is pulled when the bait is eaten by eels,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Committee and the initiator of the Ngurek Hole Contest in Tasikmalaya, H Taufik Faturohman, said that the participants’ interest was very high in the competition, which was being held for the third time.
“But we from the committee limit it because it is for the convenience of the participants. So limited to only 67 people. Even though the registrants through social media reach hundreds of people,” he said.
According to H Faturohman, the participants did not only come from West Java, but also from various cities in Indonesia. Such as Jambi, Padang, and Bangka Belitung.
H Faturohman said, the Hole-Ngurek Contest aims to preserve the holes or eels that are difficult to find nowadays.
“Currently, it is found in rivers, but it is becoming increasingly rare due to changes in the ecosystem. While Ngurek is a typical Sundanese tradition that has begun to be abandoned. Even though it has become a habit of old parents,” he said.
According to him, Lubang has high protein. Even the Japanese state deliberately exported Lubang from Indonesia.
“So why is it not preserved in us? Therefore, it is hoped that with this Ngurek Contest, participants or residents will feel motivated to cultivate Lubang, because the price is quite expensive,” he concluded. (Apip/R7/HR-Online/Editor-Ndu)