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Green Brunei and Mitsubishi Corporation contributed 50 plant saplings to the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association (PPNBD) in a ceremony at the PPNBD Tang Salangan Farm in Kampong Tungku yesterday.
Legislative Council (LegCo) member cum Green Brunei Co-founder Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, Mitsubishi Corporation Country Representative for Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Liaison Office) Tadashi Hara and Deputy General Manager Takeshi Hirakoba were among the present.
The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Skip Haji Rosaimi bin Haji Othman, and welcoming remarks by Scouts Assistant Commissioner in Brunei-Muara District Skip Samsuddin bin Haji Ahmad.
Skip Samsuddin expressed gratitude for the contribution, adding that scout members will work hand in hand to ensure the maintenance of the farm. Aside from the farm, PPNBD will also run a host of activities for its members and villagers in the surrounding areas, which will include the creation of a lime and rosella fruit juice to be sold under the ‘One Product, One Village (1K1P)’ of the Kampong Tungku Katok Village Consultative Council.
For now, the product will be supplied to retail stores in the nearby area. Discussions are also underway to expand sales to other areas.
Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa noted that the sapling contribution was an initiative under the Environmental Education Tour organised by Green Brunei in collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation to raise public awareness, particularly among students, on the importance of sapling planting to mitigate climate change. The project involves the participation of over 1,600 students and members of the public.
Later, Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa and the Mitsubishi Corporation representatives rolled up their sleeves to help plant the saplings, before embarking on a tour of the farm.
Speaking to the Weekend Bulletin, Tadashi Hara said, Mitsubishi Corporation, which has had a presence in the Sultanate for half a century now, acknowledges the government’s climate change countermeasure initiatives.
“The sapling provision is a small contribution, but it hopes to assist towards educating the people on the importance of having natural resources. I am honoured to be part of this initiative led by the Brunei Government.
“I am also very much pleased to hear that not only are they planting saplings, but they are establishing the eco-system by collaborating with farmers, harvesting local fruits together with scout members and villagers, and developing this land by harvesting small plants as part of their business,” he said.
A Doa Selamat recitation marked the end of the event. Kampong Tungku Katok Village Head Haji Ismail bin Haji Rajab, PPNBD Chief Commissioner Haji Awang Badar bin Haji Awang Ali and Brunei-Muara District Scouts Commissioner Pengiran Haji Sufri bin Pengiran Haji Hashim also attended.
(News source: Borneo Bulletin)