Agriculture, livestock and fishery sectors should be prioritised as they determine the survival of the nation and people and to make it more sustainable, Imams said in the Friday sermon yesterday.
“We must pray, put up efforts to develop agricultural, livestock and fishery sectors for the nation’s development and intensify our economic diversification,” they said.
The call was made as November 1 is declared as Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Day by 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.
It is to recognise and remember the services of farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen in generating food and developing the nation’s economy.
This year, the theme ‘Empowering Value-Added Products, Drivers of National Economy’ stimulates to those involved including entrepreneurs in agriculture and fishery to increase their efforts to speed up production, especially by adapting appropriate technology.
Imams also said the earth is a widespread provision. “We may seek sources of provision that are Halalan Thayyiban for our sustenance,” Imams said.
“Through this, we could play our responsibility to give sustenance to our family, cover our daily expenses and facilitate us to perform pious acts and good deeds such as to give tithe, act of charity and so on,” Imams added.
Among the sources of sustenance that can be cultivated is agriculture, which is one of the occupations encouraged in Islam. “Developing and utilising the earth through agriculture is demanded in our religion,” Imams said.