Co-ops keen to help market local products

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TUTONG

LOCAL cooperatives have expressed keen interest to collaborate with village consultative councils (MPKs) in promoting their village products and ultimately helping to boost economic development and tourism in the country.

Secretary General of Syarikat Kerjasama Kg Tanjong Nangka (SATENAGA) Dr Hj Tudin Ahad, said yesterday that the local cooperatives wanted to help MPKs in the country by taking a marketing push to increase their sales.

“We want to help promote locally-produced goods more widely through the cooperatives in the country... local products are still not fully marketed at the moment,” said Dr Hj Tudin, on the sidelines of a goodwill visit to Gallery Kampong Kiudang in Tutong District.

The visit saw a participation of about 20 representatives from various cooperatives in the sultanate. Currently, there are a total of 161 registered cooperatives comprising 23,000 members throughout the country.

He said that the cooperatives are keen to collaborate with the villagers to better develop and promote their products which are produced under the One Village One Product initiative. The cooperatives will help the MPKs to channel their products to reach out to more buyers, not only in Brunei but also in the neighbouring countries.

The representatives of the local cooperatives visited Kg Kiudang to get a closer look at the tourism activities in the village.

The visiting group first came to Gerai Muafakat where they were welcomed by the Head of Kg Kiudang Hj Muhamad Saiful Abdullah Anja. They were also briefed about the programmes during the visit, followed by visiting the village’s One Product One Village Gallery.

From there, they then walked to the mini factory for 3MPK Herbal Tea in Kg Kiudang, which is located across the road.

The visiting group was also briefed about the benefit and how to process the herbal tea, which won a bronze medal in the Excellent Village Awards in 2014.

Another attraction of Kg Kiudang that they visited was Ariffin Gallery, a small gallery that houses a slice of the traditions, culture and history of the Dusun people. The gallery is owned by Hj Ariffin Abdullah, a sprightly 73-year-old retiree.

Located at the ground floor of his house, the gallery showcases few hundreds of medals that he won from various run competitions, antique collection, replica of a traditional Dusun house and Dusun handicrafts.

The Brunei Times