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Project Brings Brains and Prawns to Temburong

16 March 2009

BRUNEI - The 'U n I' Tropika project is a 10-acres freshwater fish and prawn farm set up in Temburong district by LiveWIRE Brunei, a registered company sponsored by BSP that focuses on community outreach initiative.

According to the BorneoBulletin, the aquaculture farm will be managed by a cooperative body consisted of 327 locals called Koperasi Bersatu Ternakan Udang dan Ikan Tropika Bhd. The news organisation says that the cooperative body was set up by LiveWIRE Brunei to encourage locals to participate in Temburong's first cooperative to run a commercial fish and prawn farms. The farm is expected to produce a minimum of 4.5 tonnes of freshwater fish and prawns.

Through research and analysis, BSP has identified fish and prawn farming as potential areas to implement their initiative. With the cooperation from the Fishery Department, a feasibility study revealed an encouraging result. The next phase was to create a cooperative body for locals to be involved in the project.

Brunei Shell Petroleum also donated $350, 000 to help set up the company. BSP said the aquaculture project is part of its continuity in lending support to the government's effort in sustainable community development. Using advance aquaculture technologies from Thailand and Malaysia, the cooperative members will acquires trainings and tools to run the farm themselves.

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