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Monday, 16 April 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Kg Tudan’s new business model

KOTA KINABALU: Kampung Tudan, Tuaran, is geared up for better economic growth with the construction of a mushroom cultivation facility there.

The facility is part of a community and social entrepreneurship project called Kampung Tudan Sustainable Mushroom Cultivation Project, carried out by Hopes Malaysia with funding from Gammerlite Sdn Bhd.

“The project is a continuation of an initiative by Hopes Malaysia to help bring villagers out of poverty,” read a statement issued by Hopes Malaysia in conjunction with the facility’s groundbreaking ceremony.

The local-based non-governmental organisation also helped build a sustainable water supply system for the village in 2017, to resolve water disruption problems caused by damages during the Mount Kinabalu quake in 2015.

The organisation said the eco-friendly mushroom cultivation house would produce various species of mushrooms, which would be sold directly to local markets.

Members of Hopes Malaysia, Gammerlite Sdn Bhd and villagers of Kampung Tudan at the groundbreaking for the mushroom cultivation facility.
Members of Hopes Malaysia, Gammerlite Sdn Bhd and villagers of Kampung Tudan at the groundbreaking for the mushroom cultivation facility.

On the other hand, Sabah Oriental Hotel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hopes Malaysia for the supply of mushrooms once they are available.

Gammerlite Sdn Bhd funded this project under its corporate social responsibility effort by flattening the 4,000sq ft land allocated for the cultivation facility.

A formal agreement has been signed between the land owner and Hopes Malaysia to secure the land usage for the next 15 years.

Meanwhile, a fundraising campaign will be held from April 28 to May 1, and May 26 to May 31, at the Imago shopping centre here for the facility.

Members of the public are encouraged to join the event to learn more about the project, which is expected to be completed by year end.

The first batch of mushrooms is expected to be cultivated early 2019.

For details, call 016-811 7838 (Sam) or 010-931 9289 (June), email hopesmalaysia@gmail.com.