Chilli farm recognised for good agricultural practices

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism has recognised local chilli growing farm Eco Nadi Agrobiz for meeting Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in producing quality and safe crops.

In an interview, Syarikat EcoNadi Agrobiz owner Hj Mohd Ayub Suhaili said his company was certified for using controlled and safe amount of chemical pesticides and ensuring its crops are safe.

The farm received the accreditation on the sidelines of a thanksgiving ceremony to mark Farmers, Livestock and Fishermen’s Day at Jame ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah last night.

The GAP accreditation scheme aims to boost consumer confidence in the quality and safety of locally-produced crops while also protecting the environment, in line with regional standards.

It also focuses on improving farm management and farming records keeping, including records of seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, machinery, farm equipment purchases, employee training, harvesting as well as planting records such as the dates and transfer of planting crops.

Hj Mohd Ayub said he and his business partner, Khairudin Mohamad have been growing and supplying chilli to a wholesale vegetable market in Pasar Borong in Sengkurong.

Khairudin said with the certification, they are studying the possibility of exporting chilli to Malaysia and Singapore.

Their 0.6 hectare farm is located in Kg Bukit Udal in Tutong.

According to MPRT, EcoNadi Agrobiz has been recognised under the GAP programme for three years with continuous monitoring to ensure the company complies with the standards.

On hand to present the certificate to Eco Nadi Agrobiz was Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Hj Apong.

Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen Day is celebrated every November 1 to express appreciation and gratitude towards the country’s farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen.

The Brunei Times