KOTA BAHARU, June 16 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Handicraft Development

Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia) is targetting RM150 million in batik sales by

industry players in the country this year.

Its director-general, Mohd Kamil Mohd Ali, believed it could be achieved

with various incentives provided for them through Kraftangan Malaysia since the

past 32 years.

"This is an opportunity for batik entrepreneurs to expand the markets for

their products abroad and to compete with batik produced by other countries," he

told reporters after opening the Kelantan Batik Makers Association general

meeting and launching of the Batik Malaysia 100th year logo here today.

He said that in 2009, RM138 million worth of batik products were sold.

Mohd Kamil advised batik entrepreneurs in Kelantan to expand the scope of

their business by being more creative in designing their products.

The government, he said, had spent RM44 million for the development of the

country''s handicraft industry last year.



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