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BERITA KOKO 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Five brands of local chocolate products will potentially enter the international market by end 2025 when Langkawi in Kedah becomes a national chocolate hub.
Plantation Industries and Commodities deputy minister II, Willie Mongin said the five brands are Ryverra Chocolate, Grandeur Chocolate, Malsa, D&J Chocolate and Hazleen Chocolate, which will be marketed in China, Middle East and Singapore.

LANGKAWI: Langkawi chocolate hub is expected to increase the contribution of the country's chocolate manufacturing and cocoa products sector, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.

He said the hub would boost the development of the downstream cocoa sector and promote locally made chocolate, further contributing to the development of production activities of chocolate products.
According to him, the manufacturing of chocolate and cocoa products sector recorded an export value of RM1.14 billion, which was 17.3 per cent in 2019, an increase of 10.6 per cent compared to the previous year.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 -- The Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) expects more smallholders’ participation with the expansion in cocoa cultivation from the current 15,000 hectares nationwide under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
Deputy director-general Dr Ramle Kasin said this aspiration would definitely require more smallholders’ participation from the current 14,000 farmers than the industry to generate handsome earnings compared with RM6.6 billion in 2019.
“Chocolate is something that people love. So, we don’t foresee any shortage in demand. However, we do acknowledge that our production needs to be improved,” he told Bernama.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 -- A total of 4,566 cocoa smallholders, involving 3,134 hectares of planted area, have received agricultural input assistance valued at RM2.69 million under the PRIHATIN Economic Stimulus Package.
Malaysian Cocoa Board (LKM) chairman Anyi Ngau said the aid was to assist cocoa smallholders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I hope LKM's roles and functions will be strengthened to spur the development of the country's cocoa industry,” he said in a statement issued today in conjunction with Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Willie Mongin's working visit to LKM and the Cocoa Innovative and Technology Centre (PITK) in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawak’s cocoa bean production showed an upward trend last year following the increased cocoa hectarage in the state.
According to Malaysian Cocoa Board (LKM) director (downstream technology) Haya Ramba, the increased cocoa hectarage in Kuching and Samarahan divisions contributed to the upward trend.
Haya, who is also LKM Kota Samarahan Research Centre manager, told Bernama recently that Department of Statistics figured show 6,800 hectares of cocoa farms in Sarawak.