Sunday, March 30, 2008


Satu upacara menandatangani memorandum persefahaman antara Vanilla Biomatrix Sdn Bhd dan Universiti Putra Malaysia telah diadakan semasa Seminar Vanila Pasaran Dunia bertempat di Auditorium Fakulti Kejuruteraan, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Vanilla Biomatrix Sdn Bhd telah menandatangani memorandum persefahaman dengan Mutiara Sarawak Sdn Bhd pada hari Khamis, 31 Januari 2008 bertempat di Hotel Dynasty, Miri. Pelancaran majlis menandatangani memorandum persefahaman ini dilakukan oleh YB Dato Seri Khaled B. Nordin, Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi Malaysia. Vanilla Biomatrix Sdn Bhd dengan kerjasama dari Rentak Timur Sdn Bhd dan Malaysian Herbal Corporation Sdn Bhd akan menganjurkan seminar Vanila Malaysia Pasaran Dunia pada Februari 2008. Seminar ini bertujuan memberi informasi awal berkenaan tanaman vanila di Malaysia. Para penceramah untuk seminar ini terdiri dari pakar vanila dari Malaysia dan Indonesia. Rentak Timur Sdn Bhd dan Malaysian Herbal Corporation Sdn Bhd telah bergabung membentuk Vanilla Biomatrix Sdn Bhd. Penggabungan ini dilakukan sebagai usaha untuk berkongsi kepakaran dalam membangunkan tanaman vanila di Malaysia. Selain itu usahasama ini baik untuk menjamin masa depan tanaman vanila di Malaysia dan ianya memberi impak positif terhadap penanam vanila serta mereka yang berminat untuk menyertai projek Vanila Malaysia Pasaran Dunia. Rentak Timur telah meluaskan pasaran ke Amerika Syarikat melalui All Asia Food Show yang telah diadakan di Pusat Konvensyen Los Angeles pada 11 dan 12 September 2007.
Vietnam succeeds in growing vanilla
Posted at 17h11, Day 22 February, 2008
Hanoi Times - Vanilla plants have been successfully test-grown in Thua Thien-Hue province’s mountainous district of A Luoi. The research was conducted out of the Center for Scientific Research and Agriculture-Forestry Technology Development of the College of Agriculture and Forestry under Hue University. Le Van An, head of Hue University’s International Cooperation Department, announced the results o­n February 13. Vanilla, a tropical Indonesian orchid belonging to the family of Orchidaceae, produces flowers and fruit, and is used widely as a natural flavoring. A Vanilla plant can produce about two to three kilos of fruit and currently sells from US$ 180 to US$ 200 per kilo.
MIRI: The Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry is taking steps to develop resilient and business savvy entrepreneurs who could survive competition instead of churning them out in numbers. Its secretary-general Datuk Musa Mohamad said the approach was needed to cope with the challenges, and to ensure the quality of entrepreneurs produced through its various assistance schemes met the desired mark. He said this in his speech at the memorandum of understanding (Mou) signing ceremony between Vanilla Biomatrix Sdn Bhd and Mutiara Sarawak here yesterday. He represented the minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin. The MoU is an initiative undertaken by Miri Division Entrepreneur Development Council which is led by deputy resident Johari Bujang.

“It is pointless to have many entrepreneurs because they would die a natural death if they can’t compete and if don’t have good business management skills,” he said, adding that those with quality would flourish. “To survive, you must be technology-supported to sustain operation, and you must have good management skills to be competitive. “Our ministry’s stand is you must be able to stand on your own two feet,” he added. Meanwhile, he believed Sarawak was moving in the right direction in entrepreneurship development by picking vanilla production as their choice and believed the pilot project would succeed with the cooperation and support from all quarters.
“The potential is huge as the world market demand was 450,000 tons in 2007 of which only half was met, and out of this only three per cent are from organic vanilla,” he pointed out. “The lucrative price of organic vanilla from US$120 to US$150 per kg makes it one of the most prized commodities in the world which the ministry encourages to be tapped through its entrepreneur development strategies,” he said. Sarawak would be venturing into vanilla plantation in Sibuti where a nursery has already been set up, and the soil there is ideal for the cultivation of the crop. Biomatrix is a joint-venture company between Rentak Timur Sdn Bhd and Malaysian Herbal Corporation MHC), while Mutiara is a company selected by Miri Division Entrepreneur Council as marketing agent for vanilla plantation in Sarawak.

Biomatrix would provide the guidance, consultation and expertise in the pilot project in Sarawak. The MoU was signed by CEO Syed Isa Syed Alwi and witnessed by Asmadi Md Said, executive director of MHC, while Mutiara was represented by chairman Sulaiman Ladis and company secretary Mohd Chee Kadir was the witness. Commercial farming of vanilla started in Peninsular Malaysia in 2005 with the pioneering venture by Rentak Timur, and it has been expanded to Sabah in 2007 with the appointment of Koperasi Pembangunan Desa as its management and marketing agent. It will start in Sarawak this March and one million plants are expected by the end of this year, while the first harvest would be in 2011, with a projected production of 1,600 metric tons.

This would be worth about RM80 million annually, and the project would involve the private sector, entrepreneurs, the corporate sector, cooperatives and more than 1,500 farmers in Sarawak with over 500 hectares. A farmer or entrepreneur needs about 0.5 hectare of land for 1,000 vanilla plants where the gross income is expected to be between RM60,000 and RM80,000 annually of which between RM20,000 and RM30,000 is profit.


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