Brunei collaborates with Malaysia and IDB to boost rice production

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0FJAGXQ0SBBrunei’s Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) is collaborating with the Malaysian government and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) under a $6 million project to increase rice production in the country, according to local sources.

The Acting Director of the IDB told local sources in Kuala Lumpur that IDB would finance “a fraction” of the total project’s cost and the Malaysian government would provide the requisite technical know how to the Brunei government. He added that the project would “take off” soon.

The project is important to Brunei, which is aiming to increase its self-sufficiency in rice production from the current 5 per cent to 60 per cent by 2015. Brunei targeted to achieve 20 per cent self-sufficiency in rice production in 2010 but failed to do so saying it was an herculean task then.

Currently, Brunei produces only 2 per cent of the annual consumption of around 40,000 tonnes. Brunei’s rice production has remained at around 1,000 tonnes since 2002, and the country imports most of rice required for domestic consumption.

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Locally, the MIPR has also introduced new high-yielding paddy varieties, and providing farmers with improved infrastructure facilities and agriculture machinery. It is also planning to set up modern milling complexes which can produce about 7.5 tonnes of rice per hour. It is also to set up a high-tech and high-capacity National Rice Processing Center.

The US Department of Agriculture estimates Brunei’s milled rice production to remain at 1,000 tonnes in fiscal year 2013-14 (January 2014 – December 2014), while rice consumption during the year is estimated at 41,000 tonnes in fiscal year 2013-14, up 24 per cent from last year’s 33,000 tonnes. The USDA estimates the country to import around 40,000 tonnes in 2013-14, 25 per cent more than last year’s import of 32,000 tonnes.

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Brunei’s Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) is collaborating with the Malaysian government and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) under a $6 million project to increase rice production in the country, according to local sources.

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0FJAGXQ0SBBrunei’s Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) is collaborating with the Malaysian government and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) under a $6 million project to increase rice production in the country, according to local sources.

The Acting Director of the IDB told local sources in Kuala Lumpur that IDB would finance “a fraction” of the total project’s cost and the Malaysian government would provide the requisite technical know how to the Brunei government. He added that the project would “take off” soon.

The project is important to Brunei, which is aiming to increase its self-sufficiency in rice production from the current 5 per cent to 60 per cent by 2015. Brunei targeted to achieve 20 per cent self-sufficiency in rice production in 2010 but failed to do so saying it was an herculean task then.

Currently, Brunei produces only 2 per cent of the annual consumption of around 40,000 tonnes. Brunei’s rice production has remained at around 1,000 tonnes since 2002, and the country imports most of rice required for domestic consumption.

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Locally, the MIPR has also introduced new high-yielding paddy varieties, and providing farmers with improved infrastructure facilities and agriculture machinery. It is also planning to set up modern milling complexes which can produce about 7.5 tonnes of rice per hour. It is also to set up a high-tech and high-capacity National Rice Processing Center.

The US Department of Agriculture estimates Brunei’s milled rice production to remain at 1,000 tonnes in fiscal year 2013-14 (January 2014 – December 2014), while rice consumption during the year is estimated at 41,000 tonnes in fiscal year 2013-14, up 24 per cent from last year’s 33,000 tonnes. The USDA estimates the country to import around 40,000 tonnes in 2013-14, 25 per cent more than last year’s import of 32,000 tonnes.

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