State to have new law on swiftlet farming

KUALA TERENGGANU: Operators of swiftlet farming in Terengganu will be required to register their bird-houses with the Veterinary Service Department under a new law soon.

State veterinary director, Dr Azizol Mohd Sharom, said a workshop was held to review guidelines on swiftlet farming which had been introduced by the Cabinet with a view of adapting them to the state’s needs.

“The guidelines issued by the Cabinet were too general and they would be modified to meet local condition,” he said.

He said the three-day workshop was attended by about 100 participants, comprising officials from the Health Department, the National Park and Wildlife Department, the local authorities and representatives from the swiftlet farmers association.

Dr Azizol said the department would also introduce a model swiftlet-breeding house which would be cheaper.

A model of the bird-house, costing about RM28,000, is built at the Jerangau Veterinary Centre in Dungun, he added. - Bernama

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