OVOP entrepreneurs to develop with DARe

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ONE Village One Product (OVOP) entrepreneurs are receptive to plans of having a specific place to cater to their promotional needs, with the Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) also planning to take part to further develop their businesses.

These plans were outlined by the Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong and YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, minister of energy and industry, during Saturday’s Legislative Council (LegCo) session.

Hj Amran Hj Johari, founder of Kg Kiudang’s 3MPK Herbal Tea, the Industrial Site Management (ISM) Division under DARe, or previously known as Brunei Industrial Development Authority (BINA), had already come up with the idea to establish a “distribution centre” as to improve the marketing aspects of OVOP products.

Held last month, he said the meeting included representatives of cooperatives in the country apart from OVOP entrepreneurs.

“The idea in having the distribution centre was for OVOP entrepreneurs to have a place where they could supply their products to the centre, with a specific authority then finding the channels on where to market them,” he said.

“The authority, as what (ISM) has told, may be appointed from some of the trusted cooperatives that are well-versed and experienced in business activities,” he added.

The idea, he said, is good as not all OVOP entrepreneurs are able to find the right channel when it comes to marketing and promoting their products, let alone finding the right direction for their businesses.

“So having a specific place where we can supply our goods would really help us in this field, as promoting and marketing our products had always been a challenge,” he said.

Yusof Hj Maidin, head of Kg Senukoh which has noodles as its main OVOP added however, that the supply chain should really be made clear; that these centres would “buy” their products and not return it if they were not able to sell it.

BINA had also approached Kg Senukoh’s Village Consultative Council (MPK), with discussions still taking place on how cooperation could be made in marketing the OVOP.

Yusof is positive over having DARe coming down to the field and helping them to develop their businesses, but he also suggested for related agencies to help them find a proper place to set up their manufacturing plant.

“Because before we think of proper marketing, we have to, first be capable of producing in large quantities,” he said, explaining that Kg Senukoh’s noodle manufacturing plant is temporary placed at its community hall.

“And definitely we will need a larger space, with more machineries and equipments for us to be capable of producing goods in mass quantity,” he added.

Head of MPK Kg Sungai Bunga’s Women Bureau Serinah Hj Tarang/Wahab was also positive over the move, adding that the agencies responsible could also assign officials to help oversee their business developments. The officials assigned should deeply engage with the developments of the MPK, including to find out its developments and marketing; and the official must be one be adept in business developments. She suggested that these officials could look after two MPKs each, so they could be more focused in helping the MPK committees in terms of consultation and finding the right direction.

“In that way, I think people will also be more motivated in developing their products, as they know where to go and how to do it,” she said. “And I am positive that this could better help develop our businesses,” she added.

The Brunei Times