The 4th Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Carnival will be held from 14th to 20th August 2019 at the Kuching Waterfront. The event is held annually to promote non-timber or non wood-based forest products made by the local communities living in mostly rural Sarawak. The NTFP Carnival aims to help these rural communities to market their products as well as foster networking between them and buyers/consumers to help improve their livelihoods.
This year’s event will include communities from around Asia such as Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal and the Phillipines, as a form of knowledge sharing and networking to expand the NTFP Carnival beyond Sarawak and Borneo.
Besides selling rare local products and handicrafts, there will also be cultural and ethnic performances, lucky draws, singing competitions, concert, various activities and entertainment. Some of the interesting products visitors can expect to find from the carnival are stingless bee honey, traditional musical instruments like sape, minyak engkabang and minyak ketiau as well as handicrafts like woven baskets and home decorations.