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Deputy minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said the achievement showed that the craft industry can be a source of income for those who wished to venture into the industry.
"The committed effort of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia) in promoting the industry and craft products has given an encouraging impact," she said when launching the 2015 Johor Craft Festival at Plaza Angsana, here today.
The festival which started yesterday and ends on Dec 29 features a variety of programmes such as craft sales, demonstration, exhibition and craft interactive activities.
Mas Ermieyati said the festival was the best platform to help entrepreneurs involved in handicraft to promote and market their products directly to consumers at reasonable prices.
"It is learnt that the craft sales at the Johor Craft Festival last year had reached RM5.3 million," she said.