Farmers called on to target export market

Azlan Othman

Local farmers are urged to focus on exporting their products, instead of only focussing on local consumption, said Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong during the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

“Farmers need to focus on exporting their products and produce raw ingredients such as chilli for manufacturing chilli sauce,” he responded to a query by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Haji Mohimin bin Haji Johari @ Jahari.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali added that the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism also targets spices and high tech products for the export market. “Farmers opt for high-quality products because they are more profitable.”

The minister also welcomed the cultivation of uncommon fruits such as grapes, dates, avocado and figs “as long as it will not bring diseases to farms”.

Responding to Yang Berhormat Naim bin Haji Kamis, the minister said, “There are Bruneians who plant fruits such as strawberries and figs, but they are not on a mass scale due to the less profitable nature. And it is surprising that grapes can be grown in our country.”