Mas Cotek (Ficus Deltoidea) : An Alternative Herbal Product

Author

Huda Farhana M.M. & Ismariah A. Techno-economics and Research Management Division, Forest Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong 52109, Selangor.  Tel: 03-62797545  Fax: 03-62736587. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Language

English

Title

Mas Cotek (Ficus Deltoidea) : An Alternative Herbal Product

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)

Date

21st October - 22nd October 2008

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

This paper highlights preliminary results of a survey conducted on the producers, manufacturers and consumers of herbal products processed from Mas Cotek (Ficus deltoidea). Mas Cotek products are relatively new compared to Tongkat ali (Eurycoma longilifolia), Kacip fatimah (Labisa pumila) and Misai kucing (Orthosiphon stamineus), it is essential to assess its potential as an alternative herbal product to existing ones or as a completely new remedial measure in medicinal use. The objectives of the survey were to gather information on the aspects of the background of people involved in Mas Cotek business, product awareness, the status of raw material requirement, the economics of production, the marketing of the products. A list of respondents for the survey was gathered from Herbal Asia Exhibition 2007, Women Health Asian Tradition Medicine Exhibition (WHAT'S 2007), MIGHT (Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology), Malaysian Herbal Corporation (MHC), internet search and personal telephone conversation with MARDI researchers. Results from the survey from August 2007 until January 2008 of 15 mas cotek companies showed that 87% of the companies were involved in Mas cotek tea production in 2006. To date, the other products from mas cotek are coffee, capsules, juice cordial, jamu and mas cotek oil. Apart from the potentials, the outcome of this study also highlighted the constraints in mas cotek business prospects.

Keywords

Mas cotek; Ficus deltoidea; herbal products; marketing.

Session

Plenary: Session 2

Topic

Think Global, Act Local: A New Paradigm In Malaysian Herbal Industry (Prof. Emeritus Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim-UNISEL)