According to the sources, the Thailand Government is planning to extend its support to Brunei to help it to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production as quoted by the Thailand Ambassador to Brunei. In 2009, Brunei had set a target of achieving 60% in rice self-sufficiency by 2015.However, it was apprised the Parliament in March that the government was far off from achieving the target this year due to inadequate infrastructure in rice production.
Since, Thailand is well-equipped with modern rice farming techniques and it can support to Brunei in boosting their rice production. Thus, an agreement on agriculture signed by the Premiers of Thailand and Brunei in March this year aiming to strengthen agricultural cooperation between the two countries in rice production, fisheries, livestock, land development and water management.
In one of statements, it was informed that Brunei produces only 2% of the annual consumption of around 40,000 tons and it remained at around 1,000 tons since 2002.The country imports 95% of its rice requirement from Thailand for domestic consumption in 2014 and thus Brunei imported around 30,000 tons of rice from Thailand.
Further, as per estimates by the USDA, Brunei’s milled rice production to remain at 1,000 tons in the MY 2014-15 (January – December 2015), while rice consumption is estimated to decline about 33% to around 41,000 tons in MY 2014-15. USDA also estimates the country to import around 40,000 tons in MY 2014-15, which is down about 33% from the last year’s import of 60,000 tons.