In an effort to keep students aware of the national development as well as agricultural development in the country, 150 students from cluster one schools and collages were given the opportunity to view up close and personal on the padi plantation and harvesting process in Kg Lamunin, Tutong.
The visit was organised by the Counselling and Guidance department, Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) as well as cluster one secondary schools and collages. Four secondary schools took part in the visit, namely Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Collage (SOAS), Sultan Mohammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School (SMJA), Menglait Secondary School, and STPRI.
Students were give the chance to take part in the padi harvesting as well as other processes that follows.
According to one of the students, she said that the visit was a good way to learn about padi harvesting as well as the agricultural development in Brunei. It was also a chance to experience the work that farmers do, even though it was for a short time.
It gives students a fresh perspective and an appreciation to the sweat, dedication and hard work that are instill in every farmers working the fields.
Also taking part in the visit was the Girls Guide Assocation from STPRI and Telisai Primary School as well as Peer Guidance counsellors from SOAS.
The national food security drive to increase rice production has been highlighted in the monarch’s titans and the Agriculture Department has been carrying out projects in full force to increase the target of rice production to 20 per cent in 2010 and subsequently 60 per cent in 2015.
A research conducted on the infrastructure plan has indicated that some 1,344 hectares have the potential to plant paddy in the district, namely Wasan, Bebuloh, Batong, Pengkalan Batu-Panchur Mural, Sibongkok-Parit, Junjungan and Limau Maths, capable of producing 8,064 mt annually (26 per cent self-sufficiency). The 200-hectare site in Batong alone has the potential to see paddy planting done commercially.
TUTONG Ahad 7 Mac – Bagi memberi pendedahan dan kamahiran kepada ahli-ahli pembimbing rakan sebaya (PRS) dan mencungkil semangat dan sifat saling berkerjasama diantara para belia, bahagaian kaunseling dan kerjaya, Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri dan sekolah-sekolah dan maktab-maktab di bawah cluster 1, telah menganjurkan aktiviti mengatam padi di Lamuniti Tutong.
Seramai 150 penutut-penutut tahun 9 dari 4 buah sekolah menengah telah mengikuti program tersebut yang salah satu tujuannya adalah bagi mendedahkan para penuntut mengenai industri pertanian yang ada di Brunei Darussalam, dan juga memberi kesedaran bagi mereka mengenai perkerjaan sebagai petani.
Ini juga adalah sebagai aktiviti amal dan kemasyarakatan Jabatan kaunseling dan bimbingan kerjaya skeolah-sekolah menegah dan maktab-maktab cluster 1.
Penuntut-penutut dari Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri (STPRI) Maktab Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien (SOAS), Sekolah Menengah Sultan Mohammad Jamalul Alam dan Sekolah Menengah Menglait yang diiringi oleh skaunselor-kaunselor sepenuh masa sekoolah dan guru-guru pengawas sekolah masing-masing.
Juga turut serta adalah daripada pasukan uniform Persatuan Pandu Puteri dari STPRI dan Sekolah Rendah Telisai, dan juga Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya.