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The idea of ​​kenaf handicraft development was triggered during the Malaysian delegation to the International Conference on Prospects of Jute & Kenaf as Natural Fibredi Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh from 5 to 13 February 2009. The delegates participated by MPIC, NKTB and UPM had the opportunity to interact with the jut manufacturers and had the opportunity to be exposed to handicraft development in Bangladesh. As a result of the visit, NKTB is advised to take reasonable steps to promote kenaf, introducing kenaf handicrafts as what has been done by Bangladesh. As such, the NKTB Handicraft Center was introduced to plan and implement the kenaf handicraft product development which has the potential to help the rural population to gain additional income while introducing and promoting kenaf in the market for the new kenaf industry as it seems to have a bright future.

 

In 2014, NKTB has rebranded the Handicraft Center under the name Kenaf Innovation Gallery. The selection of the new name is in line with the key functions of NKTB in promoting the development of kenaf industry, controlling the tobacco industry and carrying out other economic activities to help the target groups. NKTB Kenaf Innovation Gallery will be filled with kenaf products that are conceptualized with modern activities and will play a role in promoting, introducing and marketing the generated kenaf products. A total of eight (8) GIKs were established by NKTB and started operating as follows:

 

 

KENAF INNOVATION GALLERY

 

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Kok Lanas, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Pasir Mas, Kelantan

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Bachok, Kelantan

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Ayer Chanal, Kelantan

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Tembila, Besut, Terengganu

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Bukit Katil, Melaka

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Batu Bertangkup, Perlis

Kenaf Innovation Gallery Selama, Perak