Officials from the Tutong District Office (JDT) led by Tutong District Officer Shamsul Bahrain bin Haji Mohd Hussain visited Kampong Batang Mitus and Kampong Kebia yesterday.
Village Consultative Council Advisor Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Aziyan bin Abdullah, Assistant Tutong District Officer Ajmin bin Haji Meludin and Special Duties Officers at JDT Haji Haizul Rizal bin Haji Yahya and Mohammad Adi Asnawi bin Adanan also participated.
The working visit began at the residence of Acting Village Head of Kampong Batang Mitus Suhili bin Alas.
Shamsul Bahrin highlighted that the working visit serves to oversee the development of the villages as well as to share updates and information for the benefit of all in the community.
The acting village head noted that the visit served to get up close on how both villages transformed over the years.
He highlighted that this is due to the commitment by village consultative council members as well as support from the District Office.
He called on professionals and youth in the villages to join the village consultative council and continue to play their role as residents to develop the village.
Suhili shared that the village also has an association, BAMIT (abbreviation of Batang Mitus).
The village also initiated several events such as the Mountain Bike Race where Kampong Batang Mitus was the first to do so at village, district and national levels and participation at SEA Games and Asian Games in 1992.
Cycle races became an annual event in conjunction with 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’s birthday celebration since 1995 at the Tutong District level, and the race was initiated from the village, said the acting village head.
The officials then headed to the Green Technology Farm (GTF) for a site visit where they were welcomed by Managing Director Jeannie Tan Lee Jean.
GTF operates on a four-hectare plot of land with a plantation of 3,200 trees of Cavendish banana, which according to Jeannie is the same as the dole variety, which the country imports from the Philippines.
“We are the first and only one in Brunei to carry out the dole variety plantation. We are expecting harvest by January or February next year and the produce will be supplied to the local market,” she said.
They hope that supplying to the local market will reduce the import of the fruit.
GTF is in discussion with several local departmental stores in this regard, she said.
The delegation also visited PDS Abattoir. They were welcomed by General Manager Haji Sabirin bin Haji Othman, management and officers.
They toured sections of the premises adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines. They also viewed a video presentation of the establishment.
PDS Abattoir was founded in 1998 by PM Dato Shariffuddin and Lee Kheng Hua. It became a government-linked entity through Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd in 2016.
Lee Kheng Hua, who owns 30 per cent, is the current Managing Director.
PDS imports ready-to-slaughter cattle from Australia to produce chilled and frozen beef for the local market.
PDS also operates its own processing plant for beef and chicken products such as corned beef, burgers, sausages, minced meat, cold cuts and so forth.
PDS has their own marketing and distribution team that distributes directly to customers including supermarkets, restaurants and hotels.
The visit concluded at the Pro Access Agriculture where the delegation was welcomed by owner Azman bin Abdul Talib.
Pro Access was offered a 10-acre plot of agricultural site in August 2019 under the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood and began the plantation of 105 saplings of Musang King durian and 73 saplings of Black Thorn durian under Phase I of their project.
In phase II, five acres are under site clearance and will be used for the plantation of 150 durian tree saplings.
Azman noted that they hoped to offer the first batch of the fruit to the local community before proceeding with their export plans.
Head Religious Officer at the Tutong Religious Affairs Department Haji Azman bin Haji Musa, Commanding Officer of Tutong Police District AG DSP Pengiran Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, CEO Creative Development Body (BKK) Muhammad Amir bin Haji Umarali, Acting Senior Engineer at the Tutong Public Works Department Hamizah binti Haji Jarudin and RTB Tutong Divison Station Manager Hajah Rasimah also joined the working visit.