Coconut shortage hampers production of coconut oil

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TUTONG

A LACK of supplies has limited the production of virgin coconut oil (VCO) by a local company despite high demand.

The owner of VCO Brunei under Syarikat Wira Bina, Hjh Asnah Hj Ibrahim, said that their company has received ‘lots of requests’ from the public but lack the resources to meet demands

“We have been lacking coconut supplies for the past five years... since we started our business in 2011. This is a major problem that we face constantly and we never found the solution,” she said, during a visit by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, to the Bukit Beruang National Housing Scheme in Tutong.

“In In a month, production is roughly around 17-20litres and up to 30litres. 20 litres can produced 200 bottles,” said Hjh Hasnah.

Hjh Hasnah bottles the oil and sells them for $10 per 100 millilitres.

She said that the company makes around $2,000 to $3,000 monthly, depending on the supply of coconut.

“If we have an abundance of (coconuts), we can maximise our production... In fact we also received requests from overseas companies in Malaysia,” she said, before explaining that they are unable to entertain overseas interest as they do not even have enough supplies for the local market.

With this in mind, Hjh Hasnah hoped that more people in Brunei will take the initiative to plant and distribute coconuts to companies that use it as the main ingredient for their production.

The Brunei Times