The Seolhyang strawberry variety, developed in South Korea, is bigger and known to be twice as sweet as regular strawberries. Now, a South Korean-Brunei joint venture wants to introduce and export locally grown Seolhyang strawberries, promising to produce some three tonnes annually.
The Berry Good Sdn Bhd farm, located in in Lumapas, has about 2,000 strawberry plants growing in a 30 by 50 feet greenhouse that utilises agrotechnology from South Korea to help regulate temperature. The farm, still in its R&D phase, grows the Seolhyang strawberry variety developed in South Korea.
Berry Good aims to introduce to the locally grown Seolhyang to the export market in a bid to showcase Brunei’s agricultural capabilities. In an interview with The Scoop, Berry Good’s executive director, Hjh Tahniah Hj Mohd Taha, said that the company has been in operations for two years, conducting trials for each harvest to ensure that the fruits fulfill its standard size and sweetness.
“Based on our trial, we [were able] to produce one tonne of strawberries per cycle [and] in a year, we can have three or four cycles, so the strawberries can be grown and harvested all year round,” she said.