UBD hosts Food Value Chain Seminar

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), in cooperation with the government of Japan through the ASEAN Secretariat and Brunei's Agriculture and Agrifood Department, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), is conducting a series of lectures to contribute to human resource development in Brunei's food industry.

Officiated on 10th April 2017 by the Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Her Excellency Noriko Iki, the opening ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi Hj Mohammad Ali; Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Professor David Koh; and Counselor Deputy Director-General of the Food Industry Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Japan Masaki Maruyama.

The Food Value Chain Seminar consists of a series of lectures held over three days from 10th to 12th April, 2017 at PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, UBD and is part of the project called the Human Resource Development in Food-Related Areas through Partnership with ASEAN Universities. It is funded by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and implemented by the ASEAN Secretariat in cooperation with prominent universities in the ASEAN region. This is the first time this project is being implemented in Brunei. It is expected that the project will contribute to the growth of the food industry in Brunei and at the same time help to diversify Brunei's economy. The invited speakers for the series of lectures are Japanese experts in the food industry, from both the public and private sectors. Also invited are representatives from the Halal Control Division, Department of Syari'ah Affairs.

The topics in the Food Value Chain Seminar include an introduction to the Japanese Food Industry and Food Value Chain, Marketing Strategy of the Food Service Chain, rare Sugars Development, Human Resource Development in the Food Industry, Food Freezing technology and Refrigeration Equipment, Rice Cracker Production Technology, History of Japanese Food Service Industry and Global Expansion of Japanese Food, Development and Current Status of Functional Food, Conversion of Waste Food into Biofuel, and Brunei's Halal Food Certification Procedure.

The project was initiated during the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2013, where the leaders agreed to promote cooperation on the food value chain from farmers to consumers, through collaboration between the public and private sectors. Through this project, the Government of Japan would like to contribute to the diversification of Brunei's economy and promote Bruneian SMEs.
The Faculty of Science (FOS) conducts research on halal food through the Biosensors and Biotechnology Laboratory. A review article was penned by UBD researchers in 2016 that focuses on various technologies used for biological detection of Halal foods.

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