Over 30 businesses bid for agriculture project at Kg Tungku
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE government has been receiving an encouraging response from businesses that are keen on agriculture development at Kg Tungku’s Bio Innovation Corridor, said the minister of primary resources and tourism.
In a recent interview, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong said his ministry has received “very encouraging responses” after the request of proposals for vegetable production was opened to the public in mid-March this year.
“We received more than 30 request of proposals from local and foreign companies for vegetable production,” he said.
The ministry earlier this year opened bids to manage 120 hectares of the Bio Innovation Corridor, previously known as Agro-technology Park, to boost agricultural productivity.
Forty hectares will be designated for fruit farming, another 40 allocated for vegetables and the remaining space will be used for dairy farming.
YB Dato Hj Ali added that his ministry will evaluate and appoint the chosen operators in two or three weeks after the closing date of the proposals.
According to an advertisement from the ministry’s Department of Agriculture and Agrifood on March 16, the submission of proposals ends today.
“The important thing is for the operator to perform and be able to produce 80 tonnes of vegetables per hectare every year,” said YB Dato Hj Ali.
For fruits, operators need to produce at least 30 to 40 tonnes per hectare every year, added the minister.
Earlier in March this year, the minister had said among the work scope of the request of proposals was to manage and maintain the cleanliness of the Bio Innovation Corridor and improve agricultural output through the use of high technology.
The Brunei Times