KUCHING: A database and assistance in training, marketing and raising capital are some areas being studied by the Sarawak government to boost the state’s cottage industry.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Fatimah Abdullah said a comprehensive database would be set up to list all cottage entrepreneurs in Sarawak.
The data base would include their location, products, rate and value of their products and other details to enable assistance to be channeled more effectively.
At present, the various agencies involved in helping cottage entrepreneurs keep their own records.
“These records show that there are 22,329 cottage entrepreneurs in the state who have registered with various agencies for assistance.
“But we believe there are many more who have not registered with any agency,” Fatimah told a press conference after chairing a cottage industry development committee meeting here on Wednesday.
She said the database would enable the committee to take follow-up action such as improving product quality and increasing productivity.
The committee will also look into ways of helping cottage entrepreneurs raise capital for purchasing equipment and raw materials, besides providing training and helping them to market their products.
“We are giving ourselves three months to come up with concrete proposals. Our target is to help more cottage entrepreneurs to develop their business so that they can increase their income,” Fatimah said.