| James Kon |
FOURTEEN Legislative Council (LegCo) members visited several fishing industry sites in the Brunei-Muara District yesterday.
The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) hosted the visit to share current developments of the fishing industry in Brunei Darussalam.
The visit aimed to expose LegCo members to techniques and modern systems used by entrepreneurs to increase productivity, local entrepreneur involvement or joint ventures with foreign entrepreneurs and employment opportunities for locals.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Permanent Secretary at the MPRT Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MPRT Haji Halidi bin Haji Mohd Salleh as well as Acting Director of Fisheries and senior officials were present.
The visit started at Syarikat Nur Az-Zhara Aquaculture owned by Muhd Azhar bin Dato Seri Setia Abdul Aziz, who breeds fish in cages at Tanjong Pelompong area. The locally owned company breeds hybrid Kerapu, Ikan Selungsong, Ikan Merah, Ikan Putih and Kerapu in a one hectare area. Twenty-four cages are placed in the area. The company established in March 2018 produced 1.138 metric tonnes of fish in 2018.
The LegCo members then visited Syarikat Tong Kee Products (B) Sdn Bhd, a joint venture with foreign investors from Hong Kong.
The company breeds hybrid Kerapu in cages on a five-hectare area. The business was established in December 2017. The company has 150 cages and focusses on live fish export market to Hong Kong. The company produced 45.788 metric tonnes of hybrid Kerapu in 2018.
The LegCo members proceeded to fishing vessels owned by Syarikat Gemilang Seri Shunfan Venture Sdn Bhd at the fish landing complex. The company is a joint venture with foreign investors from China. It conducts fishing activities in Zone 4. The company has seven vessels and started operations in May 2018 and has produced 237.8 metric tonnes of fish.
The LegCo members concluded their tour at Syarikat Yamako Pacific (B) Sdn Bhd, a joint venture with foreign investors from Japan. It started operations in April 2018.
The company processes Tuna fish and Skipjack to produce Tuna Loin, Tuna Saku, Negitoro and Skipjack Mince with four unit facilities for processing and one cold storage. The products are mainly shipped to Japan. The company produced 297.88 metric tonnes of products last year.