| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Jefri Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Batong yesterday received 15 Gaharu (agarwood) seedlings from Gaharu Berjaya Resources (GBR).
The Gaharu seedlings were presented by Awang Haji Mohd Ali bin Haji Dollah, Managing Director of GBR.
The planting of Gaharu seedlings was led by Dato Paduka Haji Ishaaq bin Haji Abdullah, the Advisor of the Jefri Bolkiah Mosque Takmir Committee in his capacity as the guest of honour at the ceremony.
In his speech, the Managing Director of GBR said that under the Brunei Forest Act of 1934, Chapter 46, Section 4(A), 19 and 26(A), all species of Gaharu wood are fully protected.
The Cities Act of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species stated that any individual owning of Gaharu tree or conducting illegal logging of any species of Gaharu will face heavy penalties and if found guilty will be fined at least $500,000 or five years imprisonment or both.
“Scientists have identified at least 17 species of Gaharu in Southeast Asia of which six can be found in Brunei Darussalam,” he added.
“With the use of modern and latest technology used by our company, resin from Gaharu trees can be extracted in five to seven years compared to more than a decade it took before,” he said.
Apart from that, Haji Mohd Ali also explained that Gaharu trees are considered a national asset as it can generate the country’s economy in the near future based on its valuable price and high demand in the world market.
Those who are interested in planting a Gaharu tree should seek advice in obtaining a licence and certificate from the respective government agencies.