Pollution a concern in Temburong’s river

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THE Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources has assured Temburong residents that it will continue to regularly monitor activities conducted at Pandaruan River to ensure the sustainability of the river's resources.

In a dialogue session during a working visit yesterday, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said that activities at Pandaruan river will be monitored and controlled to ensure the conditions of the river which has an economic value to nearby villages at Mukim Bukok.

The minister was answering to one of the concerns raised earlier by Hj Emran Hj Sabtu, penghulu of Mukim Bukok, that a few uncontrolled activities in the river have led to pollution and this could prove costly to the village as the main economic source of the village is fishing.

Pehin Dato Hj Yahya also warned that water pollution in the river could also be caused by the usage of fertilisers in agricultural activities where water polluted with chemicals from the fertilisers could flow back into the river causing more pollution problems.

The minister asked the public to be cautious on the particular matter especially with the increase of agricultural activities in the district.

In an effort to have a closer look at the development of fisheries projects as well as to have a dialogue session with the penghulus and village heads in Temburong, the ministry conducted a working visit to the district yesterday led by the minister.

The visit started with officials releasing 25,000 freshwater prawn fry at Sungai Batu Apoi. The release of the freshwater prawns was aimed to ensure that there will be future stock in the rivers.

The minister then proceeded to the Temburong District Office to have a dialogue session with Acting Temburong District Officer Matussin Orang Kaya Sura Hj Tuba, penghulus and village heads in the district which saw the exchange of ideas and suggestions for the development of the fisheries sector in the district.

Pehin Dato Hj Yahya also had the opportunity to have a closer look at two local companies active in freshwater fish culture activities, namely Syarikat Sinaran Suria at Kampung Batu Apoi and Kemiket Enterprise at Kampung Negalang.

To help small-scale fishermen, the government through the Fisheries Department, has built several boat ramps at five various locations in the district, namely Kampung Senukoh, Kampung Negalang, Kampung Belais / Buda-Buda and Kampung Menangah.

The delegation also visited a proposed site to culture freshwater prawns using the closed system technology to control waterflow circulation to avoid pollution.

The project is located on several temporary owned land at Kampung Selangan at an ex-gravel quarry. The project is financed by Brunei Shell Petroleum through the LiveWire programme and will be operated by the Udang and Ikan Tropika Cooperative.

The Brunei Times