| Hakim Hayat |
SOME 18 trainees have been selected to undertake the first youth paddy harvesting course jointly organised by the Youth Development Centre and the Department of Agriculture and Agri Food of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR), a press release said yesterday.
Apart from providing job opportunities to unemployed school-leavers, the five-month course that will conclude in May 2015 also encourages youths to venture into agricultural entrepreneurship, focusing on paddy harvesting technology and self sufficiency.
In the initial stage of the course, the participants took part in a week-long endurance and self-identity training at the Outward Bound Centre in Temburong.
They are currently undergoing a theory and practical training under the Brunei Rice Farmers Field School (RFFS), learning various paddy harvesting techniques such as paddy management best practices, preparation of a paddy field, organised planting and commercial production among others.
The participants are also given hands-on experience through job placements with farmers in the Kg Limau Manis Village Consultative Council Paddy Field.
According to the press release from the Youth Development Centre, they hope to equip the participants with the much-needed skills, in making them the country’s next generation of paddy harvesters.
Following the course’s completion, successful participants will be allotted lands and the basic necessities needed to start their own paddy harvesting field.