Two local companies awarded DAA projects to boost country’s rice production

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Two local companies have secured government tenders for projects to boost the country’s rice production, the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood announced yesterday.

The department has awarded a tender to develop 110 hectare of land in Panchor Murai A and B into large-scale commercial padi production site to Yaz & Wyn Enterprise.

Another tender was awarded to Preston Geocem (B) to find alternative groundwater resources to be distributed to agricultural sites with incomplete or zero irrigation systems.

DAA Director Hjh Aidah Hj Hanifah (2nd L) exchanging the agreement with Yaz & Wyn Enterprise owner Ezwyn Hj Abu Bakar (2nd R) Image: DAA

For the Panchor Murai project, Yaz & Wyn Enterprise has been appointed to bring the national padi production rate up by 1,150 metric tonnes (690 metric tonnes of rice) per year.

The project was designed to create an “economy of scale”, capable of cutting costs for agricultural inputs such as fertilisers, pesticides and machineries – and give higher returns to padi producing businesses.

The agreement entailed the company to rent the site for five years, with possibilities of extending its tenancy subject to their performance by the end of that period.

DAA Director Hjh Aidah Hj Hanifah (2nd L) signing the agreement together with Amalina Abdul Khalid (2nd R) Preston Geocem’s (B) Managing Director Image: DAA

Meanwhile, Preston Geocem (B) is tasked to explore and analyse groundwater samples at Brunei Muara’s Bebuloh, Limau Manis and Junjongan; Belait’s Lot Sengkurong; and Temburong’s Perdayan and Lekiun.

Representatives of each company signed an agreement at the DAA headquarters in Berakas yesterday.

The Bruneian