| Rokiah Mahmud |
BRUNEI Darussalam has achieved near self-sufficiency in the production of chickens and eggs, more than 80 per cent self-sufficiency in seafood products and tropical vegetables and 50 per cent self-sufficiency in tropical fruits.
Thus, in order to ensure the sustainability of these sectors, efforts to further strengthen and maintain the safety and quality of these sectors are taken seriously.
This was underlined by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources at the opening ceremony of the Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Day 2014.
The minister also shared that various strategies have been formulated to further enhance the bio-security of farms. Such efforts include obtaining ISO 17025 recognition for farming and fishery laboratories, updating laws and regulations, implementing and enforcing acts and providing proper guidelines for the production of halal and quality products.
“Year to year, production in the farming, fishing and agrifood sectors has progressed very well, although some sectors have yet to achieve their target goals.”
“In 2013, the agricultural sector which include vegetables, fruits, flowers, chicken and eggs has contributed nearly $300 million in terms of value while the fishery sector has achieved nearly $90 million,” the minister said.
The ministry has successfully obtained the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Testing Laboratory recognition for the Veterinary Laboratory Service as well as the Security and Agrifood Section Laboratory certification.
“The recognitions – obtained from the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) Laboratory – provide assurance and guarantees that the product has been analysed and gone through strict measures from the lab to ensure that the product is safe, reliable and high in quality.”
Aside from that, the minister noted that the ministry also implemented initiatives together with Asean member countries to further enhance the production, quality and security of the vegetables, fruits and aquaculture products under the Asean Good Agricultural Practices and Asean Good Aquaculture Practices.
The ministry also implemented the Veterinary Examination Logo for livestock products to further ensure that the products are produced following the regulations and guidelines that have been stated.
Furthermore, as part of the effort to add value to farming, fishing and livestock products, the minister also advised practitioners to eliminate negative practices that might harm not only the environment but also their products, fields and fishing farms.