Bali to build more cooperatives for village-based products

The Bali administration is to encourage the establishment of cooperatives that specifically promote excellent products from every village. The establishment of the so-called One Village One Product (OVOP) cooperatives is expected to enhance local people’s livelihoods.   I Gusti Agung Ketut Kartika Jaya Seputra, head of research and development at the provincial Cooperatives and Small-Medium Enterprise Agency, explained that the two OVOP cooperatives that were established as pilot projects had been developing well and resulted in an increasing income for their members.

The OVOP scheme is a national program initiated by the Cooperatives and Small-Medium Enterprise Ministry in 2010. Two cooperatives in Bali were picked as pilot projects for the program, along with several other cooperatives nationwide. The two local cooperatives are Koperasi Tani Mertanadi in Plaga village, Badung regency, with asparagus and some vegetables being their flagship products, and Koperasi Bahari Tunas Mandiri in Tiga village in Bangli regency that promotes local fruit as their produce.

Since their establishment, the two cooperatives have received various types of assistance, including equipment, technology and capacity building involving agriculture experts from Taiwan, as well as training in post-harvesting processes and marketing. “Members of the cooperatives can directly earn millions of rupiah on a monthly basis, because they have been able to optimize land use to produce best quality crops, and to process the crops into various products,” Seputra said, adding that the vegetable products from Plaga village had been distributed to hotels and restaurants.

Therefore, the agency expects regency administrations to develop more OVOP cooperatives, by analyzing each village’s best products and facilitating the program by proposing it to the ministry for approval as an OVOP cooperative.   Out of 4,600 cooperatives in Bali, only 20 percent are based on active businesses, including those selling agricultural products and handicrafts, while the remainder are cooperatives providing savings and credit services for their members.   “We keep promoting this 20 percent to be OVOP cooperatives, and encourage the 80 percent to do business,” he said.

The agency head, Dewa Patra, said that during last year, the agency had developed two cooperatives: Koperasi Wanita Tunas Bambu in Tabanan and Koperasi Tenun Dian in Klungkung. “The cooperative in Tabanan develops products from bamboo, and the one on Klungkung is selling embroidered products,” he said. Bali has a lot of good products, ranging from farming produce to creative handicrafts. To be approved as an OVOP cooperative, a cooperative has to have a characteristic product that has been a source of income for the villagers for many years.

source : bali daily

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