Protocol Signing for the Export of Muskmelon to the People’s Republic Of China

Muskmelons that are produced in the country will soon penetrate the People's Republic of China's market. In regard to this matter, a Protocol Signing Ceremony for the fruit's export to China was held at Xinhui Jinjiang Hotel in Beijing yesterday. The signing was held in conjunction with the 3-day working visit by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism to the People's Republic of China.

Yang Berhormat signed the protocol on behalf of the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, while the People's Republic of China was represented by His Excellency Doctor Zhang Jiwen, Deputy Minister for General Administration of Custom People's Republic of China. Also present was His Excellency Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Retired Colonel Dato Paduka Haji Abdu'r Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Haji Basir, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the People's Republic of China.

During the visit to the People's Republic of China, Yang Berhormat held a bilateral meeting with His Excellency to discuss on obtaining the protocol for the export of agriculture products such as fruits, meat and aquaculture products to the People's Republic of China. With the approval and acceptance from the People's Republic of China for Brunei Darussalam to export the said products, it will give positive impact and significance to the country's fruit, agriculture and aquaculture industries by penetrating and accessing the market in the People's Republic of China. At the same time, it will contribute to the increase in agriculture and fishery products and enhance the Gross Domestic Product.

This will also directly impact local producers of said industries. Muskmelon output by Gropoint is expected to increase from 600 metric tonnes a year to pone thousand 200 metric tonnes a year. Meanwhile, meat product output by PDS Sendirian Berhad that produces approximately one thousand 300 metric tonnes is also expected to rise exponentially in the next year. Aquaculture output from aquaculture companies is also expected to grow from 16 thousand metric tonnes to 20 thousand metric tonnes annually. While in Beijing, Yang Berhormat and delegation also held a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Yu Xinrong, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, People's Republic of China. Among the matters discussed was on the fields of cooperation that have the potential to be explored by both countries, including in the field of hybrid paddy planting technology and other advanced as well as modern agriculture technologies.

Source: Radio Television Brunei