Experts call for agriculture advisory group

Hakim Hayat

An advisory group or body comprising stakeholders involved in the agriculture sector should be formed to render stronger support and move the sector forward and collaboratively, especially for budding and small entrepreneurs requiring funding and skills, as Brunei sets its sights on boosting local agricultural output to meet the country’s food self-sufficiency and security needs.

These were among the key takes during a panel discussion on ‘Funding Opportunities and Investment in Agriculture Sectors’ as part of the Brunei Darussalam Conference on Agriculture “Agricultural Sector: Challenges and Way Forward” at the International Convention Centre (ICC).

The discussion looked into what farmers need to do to secure loans and manage their money to run their farms.

The need for all stakeholders to come together and identify solutions and improve understanding and communication was also discussed.

United Kingdom (UK)–ASEAN Business Council Director Allen Lai moderated the discussion.

The panellists were: Department of Agriculture and Agrifood Acting CEO Pengiran Mohd Fadly Harfinie bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Kassim; DARe CEO Javed Ahmad; Maya Breeder Farm Managing Director Pengiran Haji Isa bin Pengiran Haji Aliuddin; and Baiduri Bank’s Corporate Banking Department Accounts Relationship Manager/Deputy Head of Corporate Rosmawati binti PDIS Haji Johari.

The conference, organised by the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood together with Kemuda Institute, is part of the month-long Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibitions (MYCE) 2021.

UK–ASEAN Business Council Director Allen Lai; Department of Agriculture and Agrifood Acting CEO Pengiran Mohd Fadly Harfinie bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Kassim; DARe CEO Javed Ahmad; Maya Breeder Farm Managing Director Pengiran Haji Isa bin Pengiran Haji Aliuddin; and Baiduri Bank’s Corporate Banking Department Accounts Relationship Manager/Deputy Head of Corporate Rosmawati binti PDIS Haji Johari at the panel discussion. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT