Rice Output Expected To Increase By 2020

For the country's rice production programme under recurring expenditures, 5.4 million dollars have been allocated under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism's 2018/2019 budget. This includes more than 160 thousand dollars for development management, irrigation and drainage systems. The Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism said that from the development budget proposal for the 11th National Development Plan, 4 hundred thousand dollars of the plan's 10 million dollars have been provided for the 2018/2019 financial year for the purpose of building additional irrigation scheme for paddy plantations across all districts.

Yang Berhormat said with the addition of this water source, and coupled with initiatives carried out by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism to introduce a high-yield paddy seed namely the Titih paddy, which is capable of producing up to 8.5 metric tonnes per hectare per season this year, the Ministry hopes that paddy farmers will be able to produce around 7 thousand 7 hundred metric tonnes of paddy per year by 2020, compared to around 2 thousand metric tonnes per year in 2015. This will help increase the country's self-sufficiency for rice from around 6 percent in 2015 to around 22 percent by 2020.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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