The contract agreement, "The Study of Nutritional Status of Animal and Livestock Feeds in Brunei Darussalam" was signed between Acting Director of Agriculture and Agrifood Department Hjh Aidah Hj Mohd Hanifah on behalf of the government of His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Dr Steve Sutherland at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.
The project aims to support the development of ruminant livestock, such as buffalo, cattle and goat production through production of sustainable animal and livestock feeds.
In his presentation, Ruminant Nutritionist Dr Sutherland explained that food security for Brunei means consuming domestic production instead of importing meats, among others.
He said Brunei has a high biomass potential, which can be used not only for animal feeds but for energy, such as wood for burning fuel. Dr Sutherland said the first year of the contract will focus on the technical side of nutrition, analysing the feeds and resources Brunei has, and developing the laboratory's capacity.
The second year, will focus on feed safety and regulation. He added the laboratory capacity will then regulate the feed industry and animal production industry.
Among the objectives are to provide technical and expert teams for the successful implementation of the project within the duration of the study; to collect data and information on the animal feed utilisation from livestock farms in Brunei and sources of the feeds; and to conduct laboratory analysis on the ruminant and non-ruminant feeds for their nutrient content. The two-year project will also carry out a study on alternative feeds. Courtesy of The Brunei Times