16 members of the Legislative Council visited several agricultural and fishery farms in the Temburong District. According to the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, the visit is an exposure to increase the Members of the Legislative Council's understanding on the development of agricultural activities in the Temburong District that are on par with other districts.
During the visit, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong highlighted that there are 3 fruit farms run by young farmers under a pilot scheme in 3 separate villages in the district. Using mostly their own personal capital, all of the fruit produced are in high demand and the country expresses appreciation towards the farmer's involvement in agriculture.
The visit began at O.D.E. Aquaculture & Agriculture Company at the Labu Estate Agricultural Development Area. With an area of 27 hectares, the farm began in 2018, focusing on fruit and cash crop farming.
The delegation then visited a paddy field run by 'Perusahaan Kemikit' at the Lekiun Agricultural Development Area. The company operated the 6-hectare area since the 1980's, and produce local paddy varieties.
Syarikat Sinaran Suria located in Kampong Batu Apoi that farms giant freshwater prawns and fish was also included in the delegation's itinerary. With 24 ponds, the company has successfully increased its output from one thousand 137 kilogrammes in 2017 to 3 thousand 13 kilogrammes in 2018.
Members of the Legislative Council then visited the Eco-Agro Farm, which operates on a 10-hectare area and produce seasonal and non-seasonal fruit.
The visit then continued to Loong Ji (B) Sendirian Berhad at the Selangan Agricultural Development Area. The farm also produces seasonal and non-seasonal fruit on a 30-hectare area.
The 'Peladang Belia' or Youth Farmer program at the Selangan Agricultural Development Area was also included the itinerary. The program is a cooperation between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood. Young farmer Dayang Tini binti Ahmad produces various crops on a 1-hectare farm, and 2 other youths also operate on a 2-hectare farm in the same area.
The visit ended at the Sumbiling Eco Village in Mukim Amo. Located on an area of 3 point 8 hectares, Sumbiling Eco Village founded by Awang Leslie Chiang of Hasa Incentives Sendirian Berhad is cooperating with local residents to run a Community Based Tourism. It focuses on sustainable eco-tourism based on nature, social, culture and economy. Also joining the delegation were Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, and Dayang Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Source: Radio Television Brunei