OVOP products need to meet demand

National 1 minute, 40 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE production of One Village, One Product (OVOP) needs to be scaled up to meet the demand, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Hj Mohd Sunardi Hj Buntar said yesterday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the opening of the Kg Kilanas Village Consultative Council’s Family Day Carnival 2016, he said that the OVOP initiative has been “successful” so far but that there was still room for improvement in terms of meeting the demand for its products.

“The people involved in OVOP production must be helped to improve their output. Some of these kampungs, they are very good with their products but are unable to meet the demand from time to time,” he said.

“So we have to help these people in terms of assisting them in procuring the raw materials, machineries and other essentials needed for the product because at the moment, they only produce a certain number but when the demand for a big order comes, that is when they are unable to cope,” he said.

He said that the success of some of the OVOP products was due to the help they received in improving their products.

“All the village consultative councils and its people have been working hard to make their OVOP products a success and the government has always given them its full support,” he said.

The deputy permanent secretary said that the government will continue to assist in marketing and promoting OVOP products outside the country in order to increase their popularity and demand.

The five-day carnival was launched by the deputy permanent secretary as the event’s guest of honour at the Airport Mall in Berakas yesterday. It features 44 vendors comprising mostly of village consultative councils’ OVOP products.

The carnival was organised jointly by the Brunei-Muara District Office and the Kg Kilanas Village Consultative Council led by its village head, Hj Mohd Rais Hj Sabtu. Also in attendance were the Acting District Officer Mislee Hj Abd Karim, peghulus and village heads.

The Brunei Times