Poultry: A multi-million industry in Tutong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Tutong district generates $44.71 million per year in the poultry industry, said the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources during the second session of the sixth Legislative Council Meeting.
YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said on Saturday the poultry industry was one of the many businesses currently being developed in Tutong.
The development in Tutong's poultry sector would be expedited by the planned creation of an Agriculture Development Areas by the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food (DAA).
For the poultry industry, the development plan is eyeing the construction of hatcheries, breeding farms and raising broiler chickens for meat.
The minister explained that areas in the district such as in Sg Paku handled by Golden Chick Hatchery and Breeding Farm has successfully produced 6.1 million fertilised eggs and 5.06 million baby chickens with a total estimated value of $11 million.
While in Batang Mitus, whose operation is currently being overseen by Ideal Hatchery and Breeding Farm has a total estimated value of $7.2 million after producing 3.67 million eggs and 2.81 million baby chicks.
Additionally, a hatchery operation by QAF Hatchery at Padnunuk produces 2.4 million baby chickens brings a total of $2.7 million.
Padnunuk is also another area in the poultry industry which produces broilers. Companies such as QAF Farm had successfully produce 3,397 metric tonnes valued at $16.4 million. Meanwhile at Birau, another company that specialises in chicken meat, Kumpulan Harapan Baru, produced 1,754 metric tonnes valued at $8.9 million.
To further diversify its economy, Tutong has also engaged in a large scale rice plantation initiative in a bid to achieve self-sufficiency in rice output and has identified new areas in the district to develop.
In the fisheries sector, 40 hectares in the Telesai Sg Paku phase two is currently being used to breed fish utilising the re-circulatory system.
Preparations for basic facilities such as roads, electricity, salt and clean water supplies are being conducted and are expected to be completed in December this year, said the minister.
The Brunei Times