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    Agriculture, agrifood challenges highlighted

    James Kon

    Experts and officials gathered to discuss steps in addressing challenges in the agriculture and agrifood sector during the Brunei Darussalam Conference On Agriculture ‘Agricultural Sector: Challenges and Way Forward’ at the International Convention Centre, Berakas yesterday.

    Held In conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong delivered a keynote address.

    Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (Economy) Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, Legislative Council members, permanent secretary and deputy permanent secretaries at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) also attended.

    Over 400 participants, comprising entrepreneurs, farmers, academic experts and students were also present.

    Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) President Professor Hidetoshi Nishimura delivered a keynote address on ‘Cold Chain Development in ASEAN and Application of Digital Technologies to ASEAN Food and Agriculture Sector’.

    Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong with Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (Economy) Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, Legislative Council members and officials at the conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

    The conference also saw three moderators and 16 panellists discuss topics such as ‘Roles of Education in Supporting Agricultural Sector’, ‘Usage of Technology in Increasing Farm Production and Productivity’, ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Increasing Productivity and Production: Farming Perspective’, ‘The Role of Livestock Industry in Supporting Food Security for Livestock Commodities’ and ‘Funding and Investment Opportunities in
    Agriculture Sectors’.

    The agriculture sector is among the contributor to the local economy outside oil and gas.

    However, achieving success is not an easy task as several challenges have to be overcome by farmers and entrepreneurs in terms of manpower, education, skills, experience, use of technology and financial resources.

    The agricultural sector has a role to play in ensuring that part of the food supply is adequate, through increased production from the paddy, livestock, crops and agrifood industries.

    Among the main objectives of the conference is to emphasise the importance of increasing yield and productivity to stimulate the economy, in particular through the introduction of modern agricultural technologies and techniques; attract the interest of the public especially youth, in contributing to the agriculture sector; and provide a platform to enhance the role of stakeholders in the development of the agriculture sector.

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