Ministers visit Kandol paddy plantation site

Lyna Mohamad

The fourth meeting of the 500-hectare Commercial Paddy Plantation Opening Project Executive Committee took place at the Tropical Biodiversity Centre in Kuala Belait yesterday. It was followed by a visit to the project site.

The meeting discussed the opening of the commercial paddy plantation in the Kandol area in the Belait District and decided to ensure the related projects and activities are implemented effectively.

The meeting was jointly-chaired by Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong; Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, and Acting Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin.

Also present were Deputy Minister of Development Dato Seri Paduka Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak, Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development (MoD) Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, Permanent Secretary (Performance and Corporate) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani, Acting Permanent Secretary (Infrastructure, Housing and Professional) at the MoD Hajah Siti Aidah binti Haji Mohammad, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MPRT Haji Halidi bin Haji Mohd Salleh and senior officials from the MPRT, MoD, MoFE and Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd.

Prior to the meeting, the executive committee members visited the 500-hectare project site of the Commercial Paddy Plantation Opening Project, Kandol Area, Belait District (Phase 1) to review the progress made.

The 20-hectare of the Phase 1 project is expected to be completed by November where paddy cultivation will be carried out by end of December.

Phase 2 of the Opening Project is expected to begin in January 2020 and is expected to be completed by July 2021.

The opening of Kandol area as a new paddy cultivation site was implemented following the titah of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the opening of Knowledge Convention 2018 in November last year, where His Majesty consented for the project which will be complemented by appropriate infrastructure.

To ensure the smooth running of the project, it will be managed by government-linked companies (GLCs). The Kandol Agricultural Development Area is expected to contribute 4,800 tonnes of rice annually by 2025.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong and Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar at the site of Kandol commercial paddy plantation
Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed by November