Press Release: Closing Ceremony for the Fruit Processing Training Program for Agriculture Cooperatives

The Closing Ceremony for the Fruit Processing Training Program for Agriculture Cooperatives was held today at the iCentre Auditorium, Kg Anggerek Desa, Berakas, to award the program participants for successful completion of the course.

The one-month long training program, which saw participation from agriculture cooperatives members commenced on the 26th November 2016. The training program was organized by the Cottage Industry and Cooperatives Division (CIC), Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister's Office (EIDPMO) and IMBRU Essential Oil Enterprise as the training facilitator.

The one-month intensive training program, aimed to build the capacity of the participants from the cooperatives, was held in the form of workshops, seminars and practical workshops in the country. Placements, business matching and knowledge-sharing sessions with overseas cooperatives were also held in order to further educate the participants on the different agricultural products processing operations and other potential value-added downstream agribusiness.

The training program also aimed to promote the involvement of Agricultural cooperatives in agribusiness activities and processing of agricultural products, as well as, to increase the income of agriculture cooperatives through the marketing of value added agricultural products. Through the training, participants from the agricultural cooperatives also received guidance on improving governance in cooperatives affairs and business management which include management methods, marketing concepts, marketing of quality products and the proper use of machinery and equipment, in order to increase the competitiveness of the participating agricultural cooperatives.

The program involved theory and practical courses on processing post-harvest raw products, processing of post-harvest products to food products, as well as converting fruit waste to compost and organic fertilizers. Participants learnt how to be more efficient with their resources and how to generate additional income by utilizing the by-product (waste and pulps) of their produce. Courses on how to overcome and increase lifespan of perishable agricultural commodities, how to efficiently handle and store agricultural products as well as how to reduce the cost of production also formed part of the training program.

In total, 28 participants from agriculture cooperatives took part in the training program.

With this program, it is hoped that it can elevate the standard of existing agricultural cooperatives to "Secondary Cooperative Societies", through the establishment of the center of collection, distribution, processing and marketing of fruit as their core business activities, instead of just focusing on the farming aspect of the business. Present to hand out the completion certificates was Dk Khairunnisa Binti Pg Hj Zahari, Cooperative Development Officer, from the Cottage Industry and Cooperatives Division (CIC), Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister's Office (EIDPMO).

Source: Energy and Industry Department

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