Dumo Organik (estd. 2018, Kg Bundu Tuhan, Sabah)
Irene is a trained agriculturalist and has developed her experiences in engaging rural farmers in Sabah through her employment with a local NGO. She emerged as a winner in the 2018 Sabah Shell LiveWIRE programme with her business, Dumo Organik (Dumo), that aims to support rural farmers in Sabah to achieve the Malaysian Good Agricultural Practice (MyGAP) certification for their produce.
Since receiving her grant, she has been hard at work developing her farm that will serve as a demonstration site to educate rural farmers on the criteria to achieve MyGAP certification. As of time of writing, Dumo is now in contact with Sabah Shell Petroleum Company’s offshore caterers and intends to supply directly to them for the benefit of Shell’s operations in Sabah.
To make ends meet now and identify other farmers, Dumo has commenced conducting trainings on natural farming in womens’ groups in Kota Marudu since April 2019. With this training, the farmers learn how to produce their own natural fertiliser, insect repellents, and manage their farm systematically. Dumo then partners with them to market their fresh, pesticide-free vegetables outside of the villages.