At the dewan rakyat
Reports by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM and HANIS ZAINAL
THE bird’s nest industry is becoming a lucrative source of income for rural folk, the House was told.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said after Malaysia and China signed an agreement protocol in 2016 to lift the ban on the export of the product to China, the price of bird’s nests had increased from RM800 to RM5,000 per kg.
“If the harvest has gone up by 10kg, they (traders) can earn a lot, which is good for them,” he said in reply to Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid (BN-Kota Tinggi), who asked if the swiftlet industry had the potential to generate lucrative income for traders.
Ahmad Shabery said after the protocol was signed, Malaysia had to follow certain processes, including understanding the treatment methods and identifying suitable and hygienic locations for swiftlet nests.
He said hygiene was a focal point as China was particular about it.
Ahmad Shabery said he had visited Sarawak recently and found that a bird’s nest farm operated at a longhouse there harvested up to 20kg.
This, he said, had helped those at the longhouse who operated the farm.