Towards Rice Self-Sufficiency in Brunei Darussalam

LNS TRADING & CONSTRUCTION SDN BHD

“It must be done in an orderly and systematic way, to produce the desired agricultural products for our country. Give the farming sector the attention and priority that it deserves, as this is the sector that will determine our continuity as a sovereign nation. We need to increase the production of rice, which is our staple food, so that we do not have to rely on imports”

"... it is not merely enough to set goals. We need to put in more effort and hard word, so that our rice production meets the desired target".

Excerpts of the Titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam in Feb 2018

 

IBTE Agro-Biz Rice Project at Kg Wasan

The First Harvest (Feb 2020)

Since the first planting in Nov 2019, the 10-ha farms, which have since expanded to 15-ha, recorded a yield of 8.5 metric tonnes (MT) of paddy per hectare, one of the highest in the country by the first batch of 10 Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) students farming rice under the LiveWIRE AgroBiz Padi Agropreneur Project (AgroBiz) in Feb 2020.

The IBTE project is one of 7 activities that are included in the proposal “Towards Rice Sufficiency In Brunei Darussalam” presented to Maimunah Holdings. The other activities and areas are

  1. Seeds multiplication ~ Multiplication Line A & B are ready for harvest, which will be moved to the bigger Batong areas

  2. Kg Batong (Tender for the hybrid) ~ 38-ha site for development and supply of F1 hybrid rice seeds to the nation.  

  3. Kg Junjungan (LNS-owned areas and the adjacent farms) ~ with the successful experience in the IBTE project, this will be replicated once the funds are in.   

  4. Limbang District, Sarawak ~ LNS has spoken to the stakeholders in the District, who are keen to collaborate and will support the connecting pipe from the Limbang river to the nearest borderline in Junjungan. Some available paddy areas at the nearby Limbang areas will be developed.

  5. Kg Kandol – this project has been endorsed by DAA to help increase the nation’s rice self-sufficiency, through the production of Titih seeds. At the ground level, however, the authorities are facing very tough, physical challenges to move this project. DAA has requested LNS to provide advisory and related services to ride through the challenges.  

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IBTE students planting and harvesting; MH President & delegation's inspecting progress of the  IBTE Wasan paddy sites.

Based on the IBTE experience there are several improvement which can be applied moving forward:

 

  1. Use of 100% organics.

  2. Use of technology such as drone, which helps increase the productivity level (10-minutes spraying compared to 2 day manually).  

  3. Excellent technical support from the expert (namely Malaysia). The meeting also touch on the possibility of collaborating with Osaka University to apply the AI technology into the rice production related activities.

  4. Improved water level using microbes.

  5. Generate extra revenue for cultivation of crops include papaya, pineapple. LNS has been asked to look into producing the juice of these fruits

The President and delegation site visit to IBTE Wasan and observing the use of drones as farm surveillance to detect areas with stunted paddy growth

The Second Harvest (Sept 2020)

 

The second harvest for the AgroBiz project has increased from 8.5 metric tonne (MT) per hectare in the first harvest to 9.6MT per hectare. The few factors contributed to the high-yield output includes natural measures, planting insect-repellent flowers from attacking the crops as well as the use of organic fertiliser and microbes to improve soil fertility.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports cum guest of honour Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin participated in the second paddy harvest.

IBTE Wasan
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Paddy Seed Production in Cages
Paddy Seed Production in Cages
Insect-repellent flowers
Insect-repellent flowers
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Maimunah Holdings 2020