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2 more farms receive DAA’s Brunei GAP certification

Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism presenting the Brunei GAP certificate to Jamarshahzuin bin Haji Mohd Jaafar from Bioprop Sdn Bhd. – AZLAN OTHMAN

BY Azlan Othman & Azaraimy HH

THE Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA) under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism has certified two more local farms owned by Bioprop Sdn Bhd in Kampong Lumapas and Eco Nadi Agrobiz at Kampong Sinaut in Tutong with Brunei Good Agricultural Practice (Brueni GAP), taking the total number of GAP-certified farms in the country to four.

The other Brunei GAP-certified farms are Hua Ho Agricultural Farm in Bongkok Masin and Eco Nadi Agrobiz in Kampong Bukit Udal and Kampong Bangungus.

The certificate handing over ceremony was officiated by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism yesterday.

Brunei GAP is a national standard for vegetable and fruit crops introduced by the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood in 2014.

It was established to increase the potential of local farms in the production of vegetables and fruits and help them compete in the regional and international markets.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali handing over Brunei GAP certificate to Eco Nadi Agrobiz in Kampong Sinaut, Tutong. – AZARAIMY HH

Bioprop Sdn Bhd in Lumapas Agriculture Development Area belongs to Jamarshahzuin bin Haji Mohd Jaafar.

He has a 1.76-hectare farm in Lumapas Agriculture Development Area.

Established in 2015, the company uses fertigation system to produce various types of vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber and eggplant as well as herbs.

Eco Nadi Agrobiz in Sinaut Agriculture Development Area in Tutong is operated by Haji Mohd Ayub bin Haji Suhaili and Khairuddin bin Mohammad.

The company, which has been operating a four-hectare farm since November 2016, also uses fertigation system and focusses on chilli production for domestic market.

Both companies received the Brunei GAP recognition in November 2017.

Brunei GAP seeks to promote integrated cultivation techniques to improve farm productivity and focusses on producing high quality and safe products for the public.

Brunei GAP also gives importance to safe, systematic and orderly farming, and emphasises on keeping farming records for detection purpose – in case any problem arises in relation to the products.

Safe in Brunei GAP context refers to farm products that are safe from bacterial contamination such as e-coli and excessive chemical contamination.

Apart from improving the agricultural system to produce safe and quality products, benefits offered by Brunei GAP certification include enhancement of marketing opportunities – both in domestic and international markets.

The certification is also expected to facilitate more regional trade as it is recognised by all Asean countries.

The recognition granted to Bioprop Sdn Bhd and Eco Nadi Agrobiz is valid for three years.

The Department of Agriculture and Agrifood will ensure that companies follow the GAP practices diligently and show improvement from time to time.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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