The Production of Marine Prawns in Brunei should be Increased

The production of marine prawns by Golden Corporation Sendirian Berhad is expected to increase from one hundred and four metric tonnes last February to about 2 thousand metric tonnes with a value of 15 point 98 million dollars at the end of this year. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, shared the matter during a working visit to the Pond Reared Prawn Farm, Golden Corporation Sendirian Berhad at the Sungai Penyatang Prawn Farm Site in Telisai and kampung Keramut Sea Water Supply Pump Station in the Tutong District. Yang Berhormat also explained on the decrease in prawns produced by the company in the past three years due to prawn diseases.

According to Yang Berhormat Dato Awang Haji Ali, the fisheries sector production especially prawns for the past three years has decreased due to a disease attacking the blue shrimp production. In order to prevent the disease from going rampant, a number of production activities have been reduced by farmers in efforts to clean up their farms. Therefore for example in 2017, 450 tonnes have been reduced to 300 tonnes in 2018, which in 2019 is also decreased to 300 tonnes. However this year up to the end of February, the production has reached 100 tonnes. This shows that by the end of this year, the production will have achieved the amount reached in 2017 or even more than the expectation.

According to Yang Berhormat, to increase its production, Golden Corporation has begun farming vannamei type prawns as of October last year, as an additional species for the marine prawn farming enterprise in the country, apart from the existing rostris and tiger prawns. Nowadays the pond will be rearing vannamei prawns as an alternative whereby the blue shrimp prawn production will be restarted in a year's time, while studies are being conducted to find better protection. Studies will also be made by an overseas research centre to obtain the fries and restart blue shrimp production. Production is expected to be higher with vannamei prawns due to its resistance to diseases.

Source: Radio Television Brunei