30 entrepreneurs learn good manufacturing practices

|     Achong Tanjong     |

THIRTY participants from micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) including Village Consultative Council members from Brunei-Muara District yesterday attended a workshop on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) at the Simpur Hall of the Rimba Horticulture Business Centre.

The workshop, organised by Department of Agriculture and Agrifood at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, was part of the department’s strategic plan to give training courses on the usage of the food safety system.

The activity was also aimed to support the department’s initiative to help food entrepreneurs gain more skills and knowledge on food safety.

According to the department, food safety and quality are important in enhancing the local food market as well as for competitive production for products in domestic and international markets.

The implementation of the GMP programme was also hoped to increase consumer confidence in the production and safety of the food product.

The workshop was conducted by officers from the Agrifood Industry Section at the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood.

The participants learnt Good Hygiene Practices and skills related to food production, such as infrastructure, equipment, raw materials, processing, maintenance and cleanliness. The workshop highlighted the need to keep records of items contained in the GMP for the implementation of the food safety system.

Head of Agrifood Industry Section Hajah Siti Raihani binti Haji Abdul Hamid delivers a talk. – ACHONG TANJONG