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Spotlight on climate change, smart agriculture

Adib Noor

The effects of climate change in the country and the adaptation of smart agriculture were discussed during the seventh thematic session titled ‘Research and Innovation on Adaptation and Resilience’ held as part of the Climate Action Week of the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022 (Brunei MYCE 2022) at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas yesterday.

The session saw two invited speakers; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Associate Professor Dayangku Dr Noor Hasharina binti Pengiran Haji Hassan and Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Dean and Associate Professor Dr Hajah Rose binti Abdullah.

Associate Professor Dayangku Dr Noor Hasharina presented her work on ‘The Vulnerability of People in Kampong Ayer in a Time of Climate Change’. She shared that through her research she had found that most residing in Kampong Ayer are those categorised in the low income groups. These residents are at risk as their home are exposed to strong winds and floods due to the rise in sea levels.

Meanwhile, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Rose discussed ‘Towards Achieving Environment-Smart Agriculture’, where she spoke about the different advantages of smart agriculture.

Among those discussed were the concept of soil agriculture, regenerative agriculture and integrated farming.

The professor highlighted that these methods of farming make use of innovation and reduce wastage used in farming, allowing the agriculture sector to be more efficient, and carbon friendly and reducing the risk of contributing to climate change.

Speakers during the seventh thematic session. PHOTO: ADIB NOOR