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Deal inked to improve irrigation at paddy cultivation sites (2019)

BY Azlan Othman

The Department of Agriculture and Agrifood of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism has signed an agreement on two projects for the construction of additional irrigation systems for rice cultivation areas in the Brunei-Muara District.

The projects are part of the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood’s ongoing efforts to increase the country’s rice output by introducing complete irrigation systems at paddy cultivation areas, in line with the aspiration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

They are in addition hoped to address the issue of inadequate source of irrigation encountered by some rice farmers in the Brunei-Muara District.

The projects are the ‘Imang Reservoir Improvements’ carried out by Foundation Contractor & Engineering Sdn Bhd and the ‘Limpaki Seed Production Irrigation Pipeline’ done in collaboration with Seri Ghanimi Contractor Sdn Bhd.

The agreement signing was held at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism building.




ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong witnesses the MoU exchange between Department of Agriculture and Agrifood and Foundation Contractor & Engineering Sdn Bhd; and Seri Ghanimi Contractor Sdn Bhd. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Signing the agreements on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood was Director Hajah Aidah binti Haji Mohd Hanifah. Senior Agriculture Officer Saidin bin Namit was present as witness.

Signing the project on behalf of Foundation Contractor & Engineering Sdn Bhd was Director Abdul Kahar bin Haji Mohd Taha, witnessed by Director Ng Mong Teng.

The Limpaki Seed Production Irrigation Pipeline project agreement was signed by Seri Ghanimi Contractor Sdn Bhd Managing Director Haji Hadanan bin Haji Yahya and witnessed by company engineer Haji Awang Aspar bin Haji Damit.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong attended the event as guest of honour.

Also present were Legislative Council member and Village Head of Kampong Limau Manis, Yang Berhormat Haji Mohimin bin Haji Johari @Jahari; Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak; Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Haji Abdul Halidi bin Haji Mohd Salleh; heads of departments/divisions under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; senior officials; officers and staff of the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood; as well as heads of paddy cultivation sites in the Brunei-Muara District.

The two projects are part of the three main projects under the Irrigation Scheme to be implemented by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism through the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, and will be funded under the 11th National Development Plan’s ‘1101-002 Building Additional Irrigation Scheme’ for paddy planting sites in the Brunei-Muara District.

The Imang Reservoir Improvements project is carried out to improve the storage and water quality capacity at Imang Dam. It will involve digging and deepening the Imang Dam basin, clearing and removing approximately 724,000m2 of weeds covering the dam’s surface, the construction of permanent saddle dams in the low-lying areas to prevent overflow from the dams, as well as activities relating to the construction of coffer dams and haul roads.

This project is expected to increase the storage capacity of Imang Dam to 1,000,000m2 and raise water supplied from the dam to paddy cultivation areas in Brunei-Muara by an additional 10 per cent.

The Limpaki Seed Production Irrigation Pipeline project on the other hand is aimed at providing an efficient water supply to the new 50-hectare paddy plantation site at the Limpaki Agricultural Development Area.

It involves the connection of the main 450mm diameter polyethelene pipe at the existing Batong agriculture development site (KKP) to the KKP Limpaki and the installation of polyethylene (315mm and 125mm in diameter) to complement the supply of the network of irrigation systems to the entire KKP Limpaki.

The implementation of the new irrigation system at KKP Limpaki will enable high-quality paddy varieties to be cultivated in the area.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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