Kg Kiudang adds honey to OVOP initiative
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TUTONG’S Kampung Kiudang Village Consultative Council (MPK) has added a new honey product to its One Village, One Product (OVOP) initiative.
Creator of Kampung Kiudang’s award-winning herbal tea, Hj Amran Hj Johari, said the new product is named Madu Asli Q-Dang.
“The product can be added to the wide range of 3MPK herbal teas we offer. It has a lot of nutritional value and can cure diseases (As-Syifa).”
“At the moment, I am also processing herbal tea from misai kucing (a traditional herb that is widely grown in tropical areas),” he told The Brunei Times .
Hj Amran, 59, said the honey used in the product called madu kelulut is processed with the help of two workers as it is labour-intensive.
“As for the herbal teas, only my wife and I process it as it doesn’t require that much work compared to the honey product.”
Hj Amran previously said he plans to market his products abroad but needs help from government agencies when it comes to starting an export business.
“For now, we are only concentrating on the local market until we are sure of exporting the products.
“Sales have been good so far with more than 200 boxes sold. But when we receive visits from local and international schools or associations, we sell a bit more,” he added.
Hj Amran said the village consultative council’s bestselling product is the lemon-flavoured 3MPK Herbal Tea.
Other flavours in the product line include ginger-flavoured herbal tea and lemongrass-flavoured herbal tea.
Hj Amran said the idea of the 3MPK Herbal Tea started in 2010 when a villager introduced the sambah bagangan tree leaves, which were processed into tea and consumed by their ancestors as they were believed to have health benefits.
Kampung Kiudang had won a bronze medal for its 3MPK Herbal Tea and Wasai Bedanu Recreational Park at the Excellent Village Awards last year.
The 3MPK tea refers to minuman penuh khasiat (nutritious drink) and menjana ekonomi negara (generating the country’s economy).
Earlier this year, it was reported that Hj Amran had opened a homestay near his herbal tea mini factory in Kg Kiudang, as part of eco-tourism facilities at the village.
The Brunei Times