Bandar Seri Begawan: Agriculture and Agrifood in Brunei Darussalam is evolving positively from using the traditional and conventional method to a technology base system that motor the development of these sectors. Therefore this week National Development Plan segment will cover the continuous effort by the government of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam in producing local rice paddy with collaboration of paddy producing countries in the region.
For the past five years the incensement of commodity production total up the sum of $281.52 million compared to B$225.44 million in 2008.
Until December 2012, 756 metric tons produced by all fours districts that contributed to 5.06 percent self affiance recorded and cost B$5.74 million. To ensure the food security target the government of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam at first launched the paddy plantation project that successfully produced Brunei local rice paddy named Laila.
Recently, Head of Technical at Cuu Long Paddy Plantation Institute of Vietnam, Hyunh Van Ngiep announced two types of paddy that are suitable for plantation and meet local's taste. The two grades are OM 6162 and OM 7347. He discloses the two varieties in his presentation at the paddy variety evaluation workshop under the collaboration project between government of Brunei and the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The workshop took place at the Paddy Research Plantation of the Wasan Agriculture Development Area in Mukim Pengkalan Batu. Present was the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Awang Haji Yahya and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam, Luu Xuan Dong.
Ten paddy varieties originated from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and local breed Laila were planted in the collaboration project led by four representatives from the Republic. The project began on the September 11th as pioneer project under the memorandum of understanding between two governments after it was signed on May 17 this year. Leading the Vietnamese side was its General Director of Crop Production, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, Doctor Phan Van assisted by Dr Luu Hing Man and Nguyen Ha Hue.
The project covered two hector land focusing two main aspects including the Vietnam paddy variety research and also research on crops seed and fertilizer for paddy variety OM 7347. The ten variety grades and Laila were planted using Vietnam planting technologies in order to come up with the best practice in this country.
The workshop is organised to evaluate paddy plantation and it taste toward the participant which consist of the local paddy farmers. The selected grades will be planted in the coming plantation season at a bigger scale in all four districts to ensure it suitability in rain reservoir area in the country.