| Azaraimy HH |
THE Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA) yesterday deliberated on the final report of research into the effects of soil erosion as well as the strategic development of land restoration, at the department’s headquarters in Berakas.
Among those present were Dayang Hajah Aidah binti Hj Mohd Hanifah, the Director of the DAA.
The project, which started in June 2012, and was carried out by Hydecbru Construction, included a study of three land plots in Tutong and Temburong. The project has also seen information shared with the local farmers and the publishing of a manual and pamphlets.
Efforts to control land erosion at hilly agricultural development areas (KKP) are needed to reduce the loss of fertile top soil.
The study found that nine KKPs are expected to face high erosion levels if controls are not implemented by farmers.
Erosion control methods such as using plants to cover the ground have long been used by local farmers in the country, however, this method is inadequate in overcoming problems relating to erosion because of an absence of an adequate system during periods of heavy rainfall.
To overcome this problem, an early system to control erosion as well as planting trees to cover the ground and the construction of a terrace at KKPs were suggested.