DATE: 17TH JULY 2012 / 27 SYA’BAN 1433
VENUE: NATIONAL STANDARD CENTRE, SINAUT
A workshop on the production of non-sting bees’ honey organised by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources through the Forestry Department was conducted on Tuesday, 17th July 2012 at the National Standard Centre, Sinaut, Tutong. Present as the guest of honour at the official opening of the workshop was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources.
Also present in the official opening of the Workshop were the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, and senior officers from the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. A total of 34 participants were involved in the Workshop which included residents from Majlis Perundingan Kampung Daerah Tutong (MPK Kiudang, MPK Menengah & Bukit Sulang dan MPK Pad Nunok) and Majlis Perundingan Kampung Daerah Belait (MPK Merangking, MPK Labi I, MPK Labi II & MPK Sukang) as well as officers from the Ministry and District Offices.
The one day workshop was handled by an expert on honey production and non-sting bees from Malaysia.
The main objective of this workshop was to share knowledge and skills on the procedures of producing honey from non-sting bees with the local villagers especially from the rural areas. This would also encourage them to be active in economic activities which are based on natural and non-timber forest products.
Non-sting bees or ‘Kelulut’ are of the Trigona species which do not sting and it is believed that the honey contains lots of nutrients and medicinal properties. The bees can be found in the forest and they usually nest in cut branches or logs. With more knowledge on the production of honey of the non-sting bees through this workshop, it could provide another alternative for the villagers to generate economic resources while contributing to the income of the villagers especially to the low income population of this country.
Apart from that, this activity also indirectly support the programme ‘One Village One Product’ which is currently run and promoted actively by the Ministry of Home Affairs.