The AgroBIZ Sembada 188 rice now available at both YES Centres of IBTE Business Campus in Gadong and the Sultan Bolkiah Campus in Seria. Image: Wardi Wasil

The Sembada 188 rice cultivated by the first cohort of the LiveWIRE AgroBIZ project is now available for the public and can be purchased at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education’s (IBTE), Business Campus in Gadong and Sultan Bolkiah Campus in Seria.

The milestone was commemorated with a launch event that was held at the Youth Enterprise Services (YES) Centre of the IBTE Business Campus.

According to Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) In-Country Value Manager and Chairman of LiveWIRE Brunei Hjh Rosita Hj Hassan, the Sembada 188 rice was cultivated and harvested by 10 students of IBTE’s Agro-technology Campus.

The product represents the AgroBIZ project’s first harvest which averaged at seven metric tonnes per hectare last February.

BSP In-Country Value Manager and Chairman of LiveWIRE Brunei Hjh Rosita Hj Hassan (R) presenting IBTE Chief Executive Officer, Dr Hj Zamri Hj Sabli (L) with the AgroBIZ Sembada 188 rice. Image: Wardi Wasil

The highest recorded output however occurred during the first day of the harvest with 8.3 metric tonnes per hectare.

“The rice that has been produced is of high quality and cultivated without the use of chemical pesticides. In fact, we have been practicing sustainable farming by utilizing natural and organic materials,” she said in her speech.

“Our Commitment to People and Planet is not just a tagline for our Sembada 188 rice product but it is an important principle that is imbued in all aspects of our agricultural practices,” she continued.

MOE Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Dr Hj Azman Ahmad officiating the launch of the AgroBIZ Sembada 188 rice at IBTE Business Campus’ YES Centre. Image: Wardi Wasil

“This is because the AgroBIZ project prioritises not only the future of young local farmers but also the preservation of the environment,” she added.

Hjh Rosita then explained that BSP had spent more than $3 million which is used to provide a complete and efficient ecosystem for the cultivation of paddy and subsequently the sale of rice, by providing rice milling as well as rice packing facilities.

She went on to express hope that this collaborative project between BSP through LiveWIRE Brunei and the government can be further developed, as a means to encourage progress in the use of agrotechnology within the sultanate.

MOE Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Dr Hj Azman Ahmad and IBTE Chief Executive Officer, Dr Hj Zamri Hj Sabli witnessing the AgroBIZ Launch video. Image: Wardi Wasil

Present to officiate the launch was Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Hj Azman Ahmad who also witnessed the AgroBIZ Launch video which was followed by Hjh Rosita presenting the Sembada 188 rice to IBTE Chief Executive Officer, Dr Hj Zamri Hj Sabli.

The AgroBIZ Sembada 188 is priced at $3.60 per kilogram and is available in three sizes; 5kg, 2kg and 0.5kg. 

Those interested can purchase the Sembada 188 rice at both YES Centres of IBTE Business Campus in Gadong and the Sultan Bolkiah Campus in Seria.

The AgroBIZ Sembada 188 rice now available at both YES Centres of IBTE Business Campus in Gadong and the Sultan Bolkiah Campus in Seria. Image: Wardi Wasil

This article was first published on July 11, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 97

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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