MPRT Minister YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali (L) handing over a bag of Sembada188 to Hj Osman Ahad, Manager of Nadi Utama. Image: DAA

Bruneians can now get the nation’s latest hybrid rice variety Sembada188 at supermarkets nationwide starting this month.

The nation’s latest rice produce is set to be sold at $12.50 per 10 kilogramme. In light of this, Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA) has also appointed several supermarket chains including Hua Ho, Soon Lee, First Emporium, Nadi Utama and Guanin as its official distributors.

The new high yielding rice variety was first planted in the sultanate at the Agricultural Development Area in Wasan last October – with its first seedlings being officially planted by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Developed in collaboration between the DAA and Syarikat P.T. Biogene Plantation from Indonesia, Sembada188 has the capacity to produce an estimated six metric tonnes of paddy per hectare per season, double the amount of Laila, Brunei’s first hybrid rice variety which was planted back in 2009.

MPRT Minister YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali pictured on top of a rice harvester during the second harvest of the Sembada188 rice variety. Image: DAA

The rice variety’s first planting season yielded a total of 167 metric tonnes of paddy from the 37.4 hectares of land that was being operated, with some farmers able to produce seven metric tonnes per hectare, a figure that is beyond Sembada188’s initial estimated production capability.

Statistics for the second harvest are not yet available, however for the second planting season which began in May of this year, the area of land used to plant Sembada188 was increased to 50.6 hectares.

MPRT Minister YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali (C) pictured with DAA officials and representatives from local supermarket chains. Image: DAA

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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