Members of the Legislative Council today continued the working visit programme to Agricultural and Fisheries sites under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Primary resources and Tourism in Mukim Labi and Mukim Sungai Liang in the Belait District. The visit programme is aimed at taking a closer look at the progress and achievements of the country's agriculture and fisheries industries that have been commercially developed towards assisting efforts in diversifying the country's economy.

Among those taking part in the visit were Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pendikar Alam Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Hasrin bin Dato Paduka Awang Haji Sabtu; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Putera Maharaja Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Ghani bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Dewa Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Rahim; Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Umarali bin Esung; Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @Haji Sabli bin Haji Arshad; Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Ali bin Pengiran Maon, Yang Berhormat Awang Naim bin Haji Kamis; Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Tahamit bin Haji Nudin; Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Mohaimin bin Haji Johari @Jahari; Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Moahmed bin Pengiran Haji Osman@Othman; Yang Berhormat Awang Hanapi bin Mohammad Siput; Yang Berhormat AWANG Haji Abdul Wahab bin Apong; and Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Ramli bin Awang Haji Lahit. Also present was Doctor Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary resources and Tourism.

The working visit started off at the Freshwater prawn pond farm owned by Syarikat Usaha Tani Deli DUMAN in Kampong Rampayoh. The 5 hectare farm was first started in 1994 to farm freshwater prawn's namely Giant freshwater prawns. The prawn pond farming company received instructions from the Agriculture Department. The company was able to hatch their own prawn fries. In 2015 the company produced point 1-9-1 metric tonnes of giant freshwater prawns while in 2016 it was able to produce point 6-1-9 metric tonnes, an increase of 224 percent from the previous year. The company also targeted a production of 7 metric tonnes for this year and has a potential to produce up to 16 metric tonnes of giant freshwater prawns annually and was able to produce 720,000 prawn eggs every year by 2020.

The Legislative Council members also took a closer look at the Egg laying chicken farms owned by Golden Chick Livestock Farm at the Sungai Petani Agriculture Development site. It was first established in 2015 using high technology and closed coop system. One coop has the capacity to accommodate up to 26-thousand chickens compared to conventional chicken coops. From January to June 2007, the company produced more than 22 million fresh chicken eggs. Currently, the company is in negotiations with stakeholders from the Republic of Singapore to export fresh eggs to the country. To fulfil the export requirements, the company is planning to build 6 more new coops that are capable to producing 450 thousand fresh chicken eggs daily.

Syarikat Kanglin Hidroponik Farming, at the Sungai Liang Agriculture Development site was also visited by the delegation. The 2.8 hectare vegetable farm uses a hydroponic system. In 2015, the company produced 82 point 3-2 metric tonnes of vegetables while from January to June 2017, the company produced more than 28 metric tonnes. To increase its revenue, the company has established integrated vegetable and fruit farming that produced more than 6 point 7-0 metric tonnes. The yield target of the vegetable and fruit farming is up to 96 point 9-3 metric tonnes in 2017 and some 170 point 4-5 metric tonnes by 2020. The company's products are marketed at a number of local supermarkets.

Source: Radio Television Brunei