October 26, 2007
BRUNEI : Agriculture
Brunei Aims To Top China Expertise In Agriculture
Brunei wants to tap China's expertise in agriculture to improve the sultanate's rice quality and cattle breeding.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah Hj Abd Wahab made the ' statement as he welcomed a possible Brunei-China collaboration in agriculture, which was raised during a courtesy call by Chinese Vice-Minister of Agriculture Niu Dun to Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Awg Hj Ahmad Hj Jumat yesterday.
In a welcoming remark, the deputy minister noted that Brunei has, in the past, sent personnel for training and study visit to China. "The expertise that you have in your country would certainly benefit our people," he said.
Dato Hj Hamdillah said Brunei could learn from China, particularly in rice production and cattle breeding.
He said the working visit is also timely as Brunei had just launched its "Brunei Halal Brand" project, which could be another point of cooperation with China.
There are 30 million Muslims in China.
According to a senior officer of the Agriculture Department, the meeting was "mainly about the possibilities of cobbling a bilateral cooperation in agriculture and fisheries".
In the afternoon, the Chinese delegates visited the Hua Ho Agricultural Farm in Lumapas.
The Chinese vice-minister will be in Brunei until October 25. The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources will lead a delegation of more than 90 entrepreneurs and other guests as well as 20 government officials to Nanning City in China for the China-Asean Expo on October 28. His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office will co-officiate the opening ceremony of the expo.
Out of four, Brunei is participating in two main exhibitions, including" the City of Charm Pavilion, featuring Bandar Seri Begawan, The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Pulau Muara Besar project, BLNG Port and Muara Port.
The other is under the Trade and Commodity Pavilion, where 18 companies will exhibit their products and services. These include representatives from the food and beverage, arts and handicraft and information and communications technology sectors.
Courtesy Brunei Times