AMAF delegation, dialogue partners visit Brunei’s agricultural sites

Azlan Othman

The ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) delegation and dialogue partners (China, Japan and South Korea) and India attending the 41st AMAF, 19th AMAF+3 and the 5th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AIMMAF) visited several agricultural sites in Brunei Darussalam yesterday.

This visit was one of the programmes organised by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism to share and disseminate latest developments and achievements of companies related to the agricultural industry in the country.

It also exposed the delegation to the techniques and systems of farming technologies used by the entrepreneurs in enhancing the output and productivity of their respective farms and the involvement of locals as owners or joint venture (with foreign entrepreneurs).

The tour began at the Gropoint Sdn Bhd in Kampong Tungku Agricultural Development Area. Gropoint is a joint venture between local entrepreneurs and foreign investors from Malaysia and the company is working on seasonal fruit crops using greenhouse agricultural system and fertigation system in a 20 acre site area.

The Gropoint is operating nine greenhouse agricultural system on the site.

The delegation during their visit to Hua Ho Agricultural Farm Sdn Bhd in SiBongkok Agricultural Development Area. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN
The delegation in a group photo

The company exports musk melon to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and intends to export their products to the People’s Republic of China.

The next visit was to Hua Ho Agricultural Farm Sdn Bhd in SiBongkok Agricultural Development Area in Kampong Masin.

It operates a Greenhouse Drip irrigation system on 52 hectares of land. The cultivated varieties are leafy vegetables, fruit and seasonal fruits including figs, dragon fruits, Cekus, starfruits and guavas.

The delegation proceeded to the RZ Prism Enterprise at Brunei Agricultural Research Centre in Kilanas. The company operates on a one-hectare site by growing lettuce and high-valued fruit using the greenhouse, hydroponic and vertical farming systems.

The visit ended at the Rimba Garden Central (RGC) in Kampong Rimba built by KN Nursery (B) Sdn Bhd.

It began its operations in February 2018 and is the largest horticultural centre in the country with extensive plant and infrastructure accessible to the public for recreational use.

Located on a 4.5-hectare site for phase 1, the RGC provides recreation and sells a wide range of equipment for garden decoration, irrigation systems, garden furniture and other gardening needs, in addition to providing a variety of materials for garden or landscape decoration, decorative pots, high quality fertilisers and mixed soil for crops.

The delegation also visited Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Royal Regalia Museum and Kampong Ayer. Permanent secretary and deputy permanent secretary, senior officers of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and the departments under it also participated.