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Brunei leases land to meet rice output target
Publication Date : 20-12-2013
The Department of Agriculture and Agrifood at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources yesterday signed agreements to lease land for padi planting to a certified seeds company and seven commercial padi companies.
“The duration of this lease agreement will last for three years and it may be extended further depending on if the achievements and progression of the companies to develop the particular sites (by then) is satisfactory,” the DAA said in a press statement.
The DAA said Yaqmon Enterprise had been given permission to produce certified padi seeds to ensure the seeds passed to the seven companies met the DAA’s stringent quality standards.
The lease agreement yesterday involved four Agricultural Development Areas (KKP): Bebuloh, Junjungan, Batong and Wasan – all located in Brunei-Muara District.
“The opening of these new sites for commercial padi planting in the Agricultural Progress areas is an ongoing department project in its effort to reach the (Brunei Darussalam) target of being (60 per cent) independent in rice production by 2015,” the DAA said.
“It is expected that with these exclusive sites opened up – especially KKP Batong, KKP Junjungan and KKP Bebuloh – (these sites will be) capable of producing approximately 290 metric tonnes for every planting season,” the department said.
The services provided by the department so far include cleaning up the intended area to be developed, laying a main road to the field and building a primary drainage system. It also plans to lay a water pipe.
Signing on behalf of the department was Acting Director of the DAA Hjh Khartini Hj Musa, which was witnessed by Acting Assistant Director Pg Hjh Mariam Pg Hj Omar. Meanwhile, representing the commercial padi companies were the owners and managers themselves, who brought a selected witness with them to oversee the procedure.