KUCHING: Sarawak's cottage industry will be given a boost when the state government sets up a database and assists the entrepreneurs in training, marketing and raising capital.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Ministers Department Fatimah Abdullah said a comprehensive database would be set up to list all cottage entrepreneurs, their location, products and rate and value of production so that assistance can be channelled more effectively.
At present, the various agencies involved in helping cottage entrepreneurs keep their own records of the 22,329 cottage industries statewide.
But we believe there are many more who have not registered with any agency, so by compiling a database we will find out the extent of the cottage industry in Sarawak, Fatimah said after chairing a cottage industry development committee meeting here yesterday.
She said the database would enable the committee to follow up with improvements to product quality and help increase productivity.
The committee would also look into ways to help entrepreneurs raise capital for buying 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 entrepreneurs develop their business so that they can increase their income, Fatimah said.