Centre for Research on Agri-Food Science and Technology (CrAFT)
CrAFT Network structure and partnership
- UTB established the CrAFT which is a university wide research centre and serves as a platform for networking of researchers and pooling resources from various schools and faculty of UTB to work on agri-food related projects.
- CrAFT focuses on R&D services to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of agriculture and food sectors.
- CrAFT closely works with public and private agri-food sectors, and government agencies of Brunei Darussalam.
- CrAFT collaborates with local and overseas R&D organisations to advance its science and technology.
CrAFT Research Projects
The projects are conducted in various modes ranging from Final Year Projects for undergraduate students to PhD-level projects. In addition, UTB is engaged with external partners such as Brunei Agriculture Research Centre (BARC), MPRT and other public and private food sectors to conduct research.
- UTB won a competitive external funding for agri-food related project by Dr. Wida Susanty, “A mesh-topological, low-power wireless network platform for a smart watering system” from ASEAN-IVO.
- ASEAN-IVO has also shortlisted another UTB’s project by Prof. Beston Nore, “Sustainable model of Micro-Ecological-Farming For Urban Populated Areas” (Fig. 1) for funding in the next year.
- Some of the projects that are done in collaboration with Brunei’s Agri-Food sectors are:
- Extending shelf-life of food products
- Medicinal plants in Brunei Darussalam as potential sources in functional food development through phytochemical and biological studies
- Plant Based Emulsion Gels For Making Halal Meat Sausages
- Processing of Selected Fruits and Vegetables for Competitive Export Market
- Optimum Process for Canning Halal Poultry Meat for Extended Shelf-Life
- Optimisation by computer simulation of available resources of the Labi rice farm to increase the rice production in Brunei
- Enhancing nutritional value of local rice flour