A Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) processing workshop was successfully organized by BEST Society on the 21 st 22 nd October 2010 at the Kimihang VCO Processing Center, Kudat. This center was built through the funding from Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar Sabah. The two days workshop was funded by Global Environment Facility Small Grant Program (GEF SGP) through its capacity building activities.
     
The head of Unit Kelompok Pengusaha VCO Kampung Kimihang, Kudat, Mr Ronnie Onginjan from Kimihang Agro Enterprise was the trainer during the two days workshop. The main objective of this workshop is to teach participants on how to extract virgin coconut oil through fermentation & grated coconut pressing. A number of 31 participants( comprising 6 men and 25 women) from a total of 7 villages namely Kg. Kimihang, Kg. Rondomon, Kg. Hobut, Kg. Pinawantai, Kg. Bangau, Kg. Bonduk, Kg. Tinagol participated in this fruitful workshop.


Photo : The head of Unit Kelompok Pengusaha VCO Kampung Kimihang, Kudat, Mr Ronnie Onginjan demonstrated the VCO processing.


Photo : Kudat ADO, En Yasin Nasir on behalf of Kudat District Officer, En Sebastian Lim close officiated the two days workshop.

This two days workshop was officiated by Kudat ADO, En Yasin Nasir on behalf of Kudat District Officer, En Sebastian Lim. In his speech, he express his gratitude to BEST Society for assisting the local community in Kimihang, Kudat and he will definitely give extra support to such industrious initiative. Manager of BEST Society, Aron Charles added in his speech that this non-profit organization under Borneo Eco Tours/Sukau Rainforest Lodge will continue to assist the locals of Kudat in terms of technical and management skills, for instant in packaging as well as designing promotional materials. It was agreed that the VCO brand will be named Borneo Natural Coconut Oil or in short, BONCO.

BEST Society has allocated funds in getting Sirim and Halal certification for the products. Mr Ronnie Onginjan also mentioned that this project gained full support from Kudat District Officer, Sebastian Lim who has sent a proposal to the State Development Unit in Kota Kinabalu to fund the VCO downstream product processing workshop such as lotion, soap, candle, and massage oil.

At the end of the workshop, all the participants expressed their positive feedbacks and appreciation. Total expenditure spent for this workshop was RM 2420.


Photo : A number of 31 participants from a total of 7 villages were
benefited through this fruitful workshop
.