Imams call for boost in local food production

Azlan Othman

Yesterday’s Friday sermon called for an increase of local food production to reduce dependence on imported food commodities.

“One of our country’s aspirations for Brunei Vision 2035 is to diversify the economy, so that it will not be entirely dependent on revenues from oil and gas,” said Imams.

“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, in delivering his titah on agriculture at the opening ceremony of the first meeting of the 14th Legislative Council Session in 2018, stated, ‘This field needs to be urgently mobilised. Not according to whim, but for the sake of necessity. Our country is desperately in need.’

“Our monarch also said, ‘The time has come for Brunei to be independent, in terms of produce, especially in being able to support itself with rice-based food. Strive for it, until it succeeds.’

“Therefore, in responding to the call of our beloved sovereign, employment in the field of agriculture should be attempted, explored and ventured. Food safety assurance is essential, especially in critical times such as food storage caused by political issues, natural disasters, climate changes, disease outbreaks and the like.

“Brunei Darussalam has declared every November 1 as Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Day by His Majesty, to acknowledge and remember the services of farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen who play an important role as food generators and in developing the country’s economy.

“Let us all combine our energy and efforts for the further development of our agriculture, livestock breeders and fishermen, for the survivability of our beloved nation and country. Hopefully, with that, our country will continue to progress and diversify its economy.”