Monday, June 29, 2015

Malaysia’s bird’s nest industry set to soar

KUCHING: Malaysia will be able to export 10 tonnes of raw clean bird’s nests to China monthly once the number of processing plants in the country reaches 40 according to Federation of Malaysia Bird’s Nest Industry Merchants Associations president Dato Lee Kong Heng said in the first batch, eight processing plants in the country had already been accredited by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA).

While  the second batch, 11 others await accreditation by CNCA, 13 others were in the midst of submitting their applications to CNCA for third batch and 10 more were expected to be constructed in a year, he added.

“This industry is going to see a better position in the near future as we are optimistic that the nine or elevent processing plants would receive their official appointments by CNCA soon. The level of confidence on our raw clean bird’s nests among Chinese consumers has risen, and this is definitely good news for our processing plants,” he told a press conference before chairing the federation’s 8th annual general meeting at M Hotel here yesterday.

Ever since CNCA accredited the eight processing plants in April last year, Malaysia accumulated export of raw clean bird’s nests to China hit eight tonnes (valued RM64 million). Lee said it was only since early this year that the export volume had been picking up.

To a question, Lee said the market value for raw clean bird’s nest was about RM8,000 per kilogramme, not including import tax.

According to him, raw unclean bird’s nests in Malaysia were currently below its market value. The federation hoped to hike up the value with China and Malaysia collaborating on the export.

“We are hoping to get some results on the export of raw unclean bird’s nests soon. It is also hoped the price will increase and that such a move will benefit our ranches.

“We want those who are interested in the industry to hang in there because there is still hope. With more processing plants coming up, industry players will stay more competitive.”

Meanwhile, secretary Dato Tiger Lee said the federation would also work on expanding export market to Europe and the United States.

He added the federation would collaborate with the relevant ministries to materialise the export market expansion so as to promote sales.

“All our processing plants have engaged more workers by doubling the number. As such, our productions will double in the future.”

In Sarawak alone, there are three bird’s nest processing plants audited by CNCA in July 2014 last year– two in Kuching and the other one in Mukah. All facilities are among the elevent plants awaiting final accreditation.

It was understood that at least between RM1 million and RM2 million would be required to set up a processing plant.

Among those present were federation deputy president Allen Tan, vice president Liw Chong Liong and assistant secretary Phang Kam Wah.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The best EBN from Baram Cave

The best ever quality EBN is from Baram cave. The price was as high as RM8,000 per kg of raw un-clean EBN

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quality Edible Bird' Nest from Malaysia

 Malaysia aims to produce high quality Edible Bird' Nest for world consumption. The food safety and traceability system for the industry is one of the best in the world.

Malaysian edible bird nest products maker plans US$30m Nasdaq IPO

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Swiftlet Eco Park Holdings Sdn Bhd, one of the country's largest makers of products developed from edible bird nests, said on Monday that it plans to list on the Nasdaq stock market.

The company aims to raise US$30mil through the offering of a 30% stake and the listing is expected within 18 to 24 months, chief executive CH Tan told reporters after signing an agreement with New York's QMIS Finance Securities Corp, its consulting partner for the IPO.

Swiftlet Eco makes coffee, skin care products, puddings and candies with nests made from swiftlets' saliva, a delicacy that has been popular in China for its alleged health benefits for hundreds of years.

The IPO proceeds will be used to fund its market expansion in Middle East, Europe and the United States, according to Tan. - Reuters

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Koperasi Walit Sarawak Berhad (Dalam Penubuhan)

Koperasi Sarang Burung Walit  Sarawak Berhad (koWalit Sarawak) telah menganjurkan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan penubuhan pertama koperasi  pada 24 Mei 2015 di Hotel 56, Kuching yang telah dihadiri lebih 68 orang bakal ahli. Tujuan utama penubuhan koperasi adalah:
1. Untuk menjamin kepentingan ahli terpelihara dalam industri walit, dilindungi dan diwarisi.
2. Memberi pendedahan terkini kepada ahli ahli berkenaan pasaran dan peluang perniagaan.
3. Menyatukan tenaga, dana dan kepakaran dalam memajukan industri walit.

Aktiviti utama koperasi adalah:
1. Menganjur kursus, Latihan, promosi dan roadshow.
2. Rundingcara & khidmat nasihat
3. Pemprosesan & import export
4. Projek ternakan walit , pertanian & agro-pelancongan
5. Pemasaran & peruncitan
6. Pencetakan & penerbitan.

Keahlian adalah terbuka kepada semua pengusaha walit diseluruh negeri Sarawak kecuali Kapit. Sasaran untuk mendapat minimum 100 orang ahli dengan yuran kemasukkan RM100 dan syer RM1000 setiap ahli.

Untuk keterangan lanjut sila hubungi Ms Calsline di talian tel: 082- 368668 di alamat  No. 698 D 1st Flr 
Tabuan Square Commercial Centre 
Lorong Keranji 4F Jln Keranji 
93350 Kuching Sarawak atau email

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Indonesia may export birdnest to China

The launch of exports of bird’s nests to China marked the 65th anniversary of theestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which will becommemorated on April 13, said Soegeng Rahardjo, Indonesia ambassador to China inBeijing last Thursday.

The ambassador made his remarks at a press conference on Indonesian bird’s nest exportsto China in the Indonesian Embassy. “The first batch of bird’s nests were exported fromIndonesia to Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou on Jan. 29. This is an important milestoneafter a five-year-long process,” he said.

Due to food safety issues in 2011, the Chinese Accreditation and CertificationAdministration (CNCA) temporarily stopped bird’s nest exports from Indonesia. After along process, the two countries finally agreed to reopen trading. Now, six Indonesiancompanies have been granted licenses by the CNCA to export the product to China.

Soegeng emphasized that Indonesia is able to produce birds’ nests that meet quality andfood security standards in China.

Gu Shaoping, director general of the CNCA, remarked that China will increase itssupervision of the trade to ensure that the exports from Indonesia are safe forconsumption. Furthermore, a traceability system has been introduced to ensure comprehensive supervision.

According to Soegeng, Indonesia is the biggest producer of bird’s nests in the world,accounting for 70 percent of the total, while China is the biggest importer. Therefore, the provision of export licenses will benefit both countries. – People Daily

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New GMP for raw unclean EBN

KUALA LUMPUR: THE Federation of Bird’s Nest Farmers of Malaysia (GPWM) not happy over a regulation by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) that allegedly affects the export of raw edible bird’s nest from Malaysia.

Its president, Allan Ho, said the issue was in regards to regulations governing the export of raw uncleaned bird’s nest.

Exported raw bird’s nest falls under two categories, cleaned or uncleaned, with the latter forming the bulk of exports to Malaysia’s most lucrative bird’s nest market, China.

He said early last year, the Department of Standards Malaysia had been directed to draw up new standards for raw uncleaned bird’s nest, with the final draft displayed for public viewing until Oct 19 last year.

However, Ho said, DVS also drafted the “Good Manufacturing Practice for Raw Unclean Edible Bird’s Nest” code, which was allegedly similar to an earlier code.

“China has noted that both categories (cleaned and uncleaned bird’s nest) had been placed under one category, despite being different.”

He said it was quite difficult the raw uncleaned bird’s nest to meet the microbiological and chemical parameter requirements under a single specification.

“This will affect the export of raw uncleaned bird’s nest from Malaysia, which will harm the financial position of more than 60,000 farmers.”

Ho said since the uproar, the farmers had been waiting for the green light to export raw uncleaned bird’s nest from China adding that “since last year, only raw clean bird’s nest has been allowed to be exported to China by CNCA.

He said this was worrying, as 95 per cent of the country’s bird’s nest products comprised raw uncleaned bird’s nest. The new regulations set by China he said, made it difficult for the goods to be exported.

The Department of Standards Malaysia and DVS could not be reached for comment.