Wasan Vocational School to teach organic farming
THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education Wasan Vocational School (IBTE SVW) Campus will teach organic farming as part of its Higher National Technical Education Certificate (HNTec) in Agrotechnology course.
In an interview, Acting Principal of IBTE SVW Zaitunah Hj Kurus said the HNTec in Agrotechnology will be introduced in July this year.
The course has four major streams - Aquatic Science, Crop Technology, Veterinary & Livestock and Food Technology.
The new course will take two years, in which all first year students will learn the same generic subjects such as agribusiness and laboratory sciences, adding that the students will be able to choose their majors during the second year of the course.
She said the school decided to introduce organic farming because there are not many local organic crop producers.
She said most organic food that are sold in the country are imported.
Teaching students to produce their own organic crops can become one of the steps towards self-sufficiency, she said.
“There are a number of people who are pro-organic when it comes to food so rather than spending money by buying imported organic food, they can buy locally grown organic food and contribute to the local economy,” she said.
Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production using natural sources of nutrients and natural methods of crop and pest control, instead of using synthetic and inorganic agrochemicals.
The acting principal said the organic farming method is also eco-friendly, as it reduces the use of chemicals on the soil in the form of fertilisers and pesticides.
“Not only will this method make the crops and consumers healthy, it keeps the soil in which we grow our crops healthy, and that is important because it is where we grow our livelihoods,” she added.
The Brunei Times