Singaporean Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu, along with her delegation members, paid a working visit to the Ulu Temburong National Park and Barramundi Asia (B) Sdn Bhd in Kampong Serasa yesterday.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin welcomed the visiting delegation. The visit began with a trip downriver via longboat to the Ulu Temburong National Park followed by a walk through the forest trail to climb the canopy walkway for a panoramic view of the tropical rainforest.
Fu also received a briefing on the upgrade, operations and maintenance of the accommodation complex of the park from a representative of the project – Sundaland Resorts Pte Ltd – a foreign direct investment company from Singapore.
Also in attendance were the permanent secretary and deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) along with senior officers from the Forestry Department and the Tourism Development Department.
The Singaporean minister also visited Barramundi Asia (B) to take a closer look at the facility, including the hatchery and recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and its diagnostic and laboratory services.
Barramundi Asia (B) farms lates calcarifer fish at sea and on land, and has a workforce of 29 people.
The company operates on a 10-hectare site using 28 cages, while their land-based fish farm sits on a 0.5-hectare site using 12 tanks.
As of November 2022, the company has yielded more than 68,000 metric tonnes of fish, while on land, more than 233,000 fish fry.
Barramundi Asia (B) began exporting the fish to Singapore in September.