THE Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) signed a Land Lease Agreement for the Batang Mitus Agricultural Development Area (KKP Batang Mitus) with PDS Abattoir Sdn Bhd, with the main objective of boosting beef production in Brunei Darussalam, yesterday.
The signing was witnessed by Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong; and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd Board of Directors.
Signing on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood was its Director Hajah Aidah binti Haji Mohd Hanifah, while PDS Abattoir Sdn Bhd was represented by Managing Director Lee Kheng Hua.
The signing ceremony was followed with a visit to the KKP Batang Mitus project site in Tutong District, where grass fodder is being planted to provide nutrition for the herds of imported cattle.
With the newly leased 55-hectare plot, PDS Abattoir plans to boost the number of cattle production to 7,000 by next year, through the use of the feedlot system.
The feedlot project will be carried out in two phases: the first will be funded with third-party financing amounting to BND7 million by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), which is expected to support the building of two cattle sheds and the planting of grass fodder, while the second phase will get under way with the addition of two more cattle barns.
The project is expected to generate employment opportunities for locals, in addition to boosting domestic beef production for self-sufficiency; ensuring Halal and clean meat supplies for local consumption; and stabilising prices in the local market.
The initiative will also help to lower the demand for imported meat, and indirectly eliminate health risks from countries affected by Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).