The proposed construction of a low dam in Sungai Rampayoh and upgrading of irrigation system for Lot Sengkuang Agricultural Development Area, KKP in Labi, Belait District would become an alternative source of irrigation for the area. Through the system, water from Sungai Rampayoh will be channelled to paddy fields. The proposed low dam across Sungai Rampayoh is expected to reserve and increase water level at the surface of the river during hot season. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism was speaking in an interview with RTB during a working visit to Mukim Labi at Belait District yesterday morning.
Yang Berhormat expressed hoped that with the availability of water supply, the inactive farms will resumed its farming activity. The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism in a collaboration with a private sector has come out with an initiative to obtained groundwater. A local company has been appointed to pump the groundwater. Several tests including underground water pressure and replacement will be carried out this year. The groundwater abstraction is expected to be carried out in August and will be distributed to farmers. Yang Berhormat also highlighted the importance of river water, rain water and groundwater in paddy planting. Therefore, the ministry remains focus in ensuring adequate supply of water for farming activity. The main planting season are during October to January, while off-season usually occur in June to July.
Through the working visit, the delegation had the opportunity to observe the project to identify groundwater sources and location for proposed construction of a low dam in Sungai Rampayoh. The paddy plantation on a 20.7 hectares of land at Lot Sengkuang involved 8 paddy farmers. The construction of trial tube wells will begin this month to test the capacity and restoration of groundwater which will determined the implementation of phase three namely the construction of permanent wells at the area. Also in attendance was Yang Berhormat Awang Hanapi bin Mohd Siput, Member of the Legislative Council.
Source: Radio Television Brunei