Kg Menangah and Bukit Sulang chilli OVOP reaps lucrative 1st year

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TUTONG

SINCE the introduction of the locally-grown lada padi (Bird’s Eye Chilli or Thai Chilli) powder by the Village Consultative Council of Kg Menangah and Bukit Sulang in Tutong District as its One Village One Product (OVOP) project a year ago, its yield has reached a total of $1,000.

Members of the Village Consultative Council of Kg Menangah and Bukit Sulang have participated in various exhibitions in the country and abroad for promotional purposes, such as the Fourth Borneo International Trade Fair 2013 held from November 28 till December 2 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

“Currently, the products are yet to be found in retail shops as we only participate in exhibitions,” said Head of the Woman Bureau at Kg Menangah and Bukit Sulang, Lolyta Mohd Jenin, on the sidelines of the visit to Kg Menangah and Bukit Sulang made by members of the Village Consultative Council of Kg Sungai Matan yesterday.

The response from the public is quite encouraging although it has only been a year, she added.

She said to make the products more known, the villagers are taking the effort to provide the product in other varieties aside from chilli powder, such as sauce mixed with dried shrimp or dried salted fish.

“We hope that our products will get more response from the people in Brunei and those living in neighbouring countries,’’ said Lolyta.

The making of lada padi is a process shared by members of the Village Consultative Council other villagers who are not working. She said the programme has helped the village develop more economic projects that benefit the villagers in generating income and business opportunities.

The _lada padi _plantation initiative and processing project as part of the OVOP programme, was discussed for the first time in May 2012, followed by its launching in September 2012. For further information, members of the public can contact the Women Bureau of Kg Menangah and Bukit Sulang at 4237187.

The Brunei Times