Quail egg farmer rises above loss – turns meat to floss

Egg-celent business: Agriculture and Food Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi (left) visiting Abdul Khairan Firdaus’ quail farm in Kampung Tirok Gual Ipoh in Tanah Merah, Kelantan.

TANAH MERAH: Although the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected many people, it has also come as a blessing in disguise for others.

Quail breeder Abdul Khairan Firdaus Abdul Rahim, who incurred huge losses when his quail egg sales were badly affected due to the movement control order (MCO), managed to save himself by coming up with the idea of producing a new product, namely quail serunding (floss).

“I had to slaughter almost all of my 20,000 quails, which resulted in me having 5,000kg of meat,” he said when met at a Farmers Organisation Authority event here last week.

The quick thinking of the man from Kampung Tok Uban, Pasir Mas, near here, not only saved him from incurring more losses but also helped him make a profit.

“I met with an acquaintance in Tumpat who owns a business producing serunding to collaborate with him and successfully produced 500kg quail serunding,” said 38-year-old Abdul Khairan Firdaus.

He started venturing into quail breeding for eggs at Kampung Tirok Gual Ipoh here in 2015.

Since economic activities are slowing reviving, the father of two is starting to sell quail eggs for the local market.

His farm, which now has about 3,000 quails, can produce 15,000 eggs daily.

Abdul Khairan Firdaus said that besides serunding, he also makes quail mini popiah.

He is now able to record monthly sales of RM40,000.

“I am also selling my products online and through agents, and there are 64 agents nationwide and one agent in Singapore,” said the entrepreneur under the Tabung Pembangunan Usahaniaga programme.

Abdul Khairan Firdaus said he had planned to market his products abroad. — Bernama

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