Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bird's Nest production affected by El Nino

KUCHING: While the Chinese community ponders over who to vote for in the last state elections, some are distracted by a “baffling exodus” taking place in Miri and Bintulu.

The producers of one of Sarawak’s most prized exports – bird’s nest – are blaming it on El Nino and the haze.

For the past few months, they said, the number of swift birds, whose saliva-spun nests are a great delicacy among the Chinese, have dropped noticeably in their usual nesting grounds.

“Many birds have flown away and not returned for a few months now. Maybe it is hard for them to find food. Production of bird’s nests has dropped by about 20% because of El Nino,” said Loh Siaw Kuei, president of the Sarawak Bird’s Nest Merchants Association.

Demand is back on the rise since 2014 after China lifted a 2011 ban due to nitrate levels in the delicacy.

The price for processed bird’s nest plunged from RM7,000 to RM3, 500 a kilogramme during the freeze, but has now exceeded RM8,000 and demand is growing, said Loh, also vice-president of the Federation of Malaysia Bird’s Nest Industry Merchants Associations Malaysia.

Loh said the strong recovery in prices and demand was a windfall for local industry players because they had difficulty in servicing bank loans during the ban. The loan they utilized to contruct bird house.

“Although the price is higher, the demand from China is still very good. Sarawak bird’s nests are bigger and considered to be of high quality and some had achieved HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point)-certified. That’s why the Chinese love bird’s nests from here,” he said.

Importers from China are also sourcing from Malaysia because of a drop in production in Indonesia, the world’s largest supplier, due to the haze.

According to Loh, Malaysia exported 11 tonnes to China last year.

There are 19 processing plants in the country approved to export cleaned bird’s nests to China with two in Kuching and one in Mukah, in the central region.


Sarawak bird nest output down on drought, fewer feeding grounds

Monday, 1 August 2016

Sarawak bird nest output down on drought, fewer feeding grounds


KUCHING: Bird nest production in Sarawak, one of the biggest producers in the country, had been affected by the drought earlier this year.

Breeders estimated production may have dropped between 10% and 20% in Sarikei and Sibu region. Sarawak produces about 8,000 kg of bird nests a month.

“The hot weather as well as fewer feeding grounds, especially in town areas, have adversely affected swiftlet’s nesting,” breeder Wong Hie Yong said.

He said the nesting periods for the birds were reduced to just twice a year, down from three times in a year previously in town area probably due to overcrowded and less insects.  Damaged natural habitats was also cited as a major factor, contributing to the decline in production.

Sarawak also produces high-quality bird nests from the many caves Baram, Miri, and Serian . It was estimated that there were 4,000 to 5,000 swiftlet houses in Sarawak.

Tasked by the state government to spearhead the orderly development of the swiftlet industry, the State Economic Development Corp (SEDC) has set up its first swiftlet eco park in Daro, Mukah Division.

The park has 10 units of double-storey buildings initially.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cheapest start up BH model

This 12x24x6 feet BH was build at the cost of RM20,000 because at the time (2011) when we test the site, we only found three pairs of swiftlet responded. Now after 5 years, this structure  capable of generating RM1,000 income per month. Our start up model proven to be effective to reduce huge lost in this industry.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Edible Bird’s nest (EBN) prices soar two-fold

By Adrian Chan

Five years ago, many bird’s nest farmers wanted to throw in the towel when the industry hit rock bottom after China banned its import, following claims that some bird’s nests here contained an excessive amount of nitrite.

Farmers who persevered are now laughing all the way to the bank because of a windfall since last year, with prices soaring more than two-fold.

The supply void in Indonesia has caused Malaysian exports to go for as much as RM8,000 per kg for raw-clean EBN

The prolonged haze last year crippled Indonesia’s production, with industry players estimating a drop of over half the volume in 2014.

The decrease in supply has forced suppliers to source for Malaysian bird’s nests, causing them to surpass the pre-2011 price of RM7,000 per kg for raw-clean EBN

Association of Selangor Swiflet Operators president Datuk George Kee noticed a gradual rise in price from August last year.

“In January last year, exports of processed bird’s nests could only go for RM2,800 to RM3,000.

“Then in September came a sudden increase in demand. China began to import our bird’s nests at RM7,000 to RM8,000 for every kg,” he said.

Experts believe the prices are here to stay as the Indonesian swiftlet population will take several years to recover.

Malaysia Bird’s Nest Merchants Association president Lim Theam Siew pointed out that land-clearing in Sumatra had destroyed many of the swiftlets’ food sources, causing them to starve.

“Swiftlets are not like livestock.

“You have to wait for them to reproduce naturally,” he explained.

Lim believes that prices could go even higher following the abolition of the one-child policy.

However, he claimed swiftlet farmers were not benefiting fully from the price hike, adding that unprocessed bird’s nests were sold at less than RM3,000 per kg.

Most of the prices set by companies which had been approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) as these were the only licensed channels.

Following the discovery of nitrite in Malaysian bird’s nests, China imposed a ban on the billion-ringgit industry for more than one year.

When the ban was lifted in 2012, only local processing establishments approved by the CNCA were allowed to export raw processed bird’s nests to the country.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bird’s nest industry booms again thanks to e-commerce

KUCHING: The bird’s nest industry which hit the doldrums after China banned its import in 2011 has picked up recently through e-commerce.

The demand for this traditional health supplement has risen so much that now one kilogramme of raw (unprocessed) bird’s bird fetches between RM1,500 and RM3000, while the price of processed nests can go up to RM6,000 per kg.

The rebound according to Sarawak Bird’s Nest Suppliers’ Association treasurer Andy Piang, has been due to vibrant trading through free communication applications such as “WeChat” and “WhatsApp” which connect local suppliers and overseas buyers.

“Now those involved in bird’s nest business – the suppliers and the buyers communicate with each other on the free communication applications. Bird’s nest business is booming again,” Piang told The Borneo Post yesterday.

He said the restriction imposed by China is still in effect but local bird’s nest farmers and suppliers have been trading using alternative route by exporting to Hong Kong, the global bird’s nest centre.

“As a whole, China still restrict bird’s nest from Malaysia. Only nine companies in Malaysia are allowed to export to China and three of these companies are from Sarawak,” said Piang.

Piang estimated that each year, Sarawak officially exports 60 tonnes of bird’s nest. With RM50 of permit fee being imposed on every kilogram, the trade can rake in RM3 million to the state coffers.

As bird’s nest industry is a million-dollar industry, Piang called on the state government to look into the needs of bird’s nest farmers and traders by regulating and promoting the trade.

In Sarawak, cave bird’s nest is considered a forest product and bird’s nest ranching has been under the Forestry Department.

According to Malaysian Agreement 1963, forestry, like land, is fully under the jurisdiction of the state government, independent from the federal government.

However, Sarawak farmers and traders are required to register under the jurisdiction of federal officials who do not make any distinction between bird’s nest industry in Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia when negotiating with China.

“We should not be taken as part of Malaysia where bird’s nest trade is concerned. Sarawak’s bird’s nest should be like our timber, where we decide where to export and not to be lumped together with that of Peninsular Malaysia.”

“Or at least, when there is negotiation ongoing, there must be Sarawakian representatives, rather than leaving all the negotiation to the federal officers who do not understand our situation here,” said Piang.

Piang’s call of state government’s assistance was shared by Sarawak Bird’s Nest Import and Export Association president Liu Thian Leong who believed that more involvement of the state in the bird’s nest industry would help develop the industry further.

“I think we should set up some kind of a board, like the Pepper Board to monitor bird’s nest industry, or at least like Peninsular Malaysia where the Agriculture Department and Health Department are actively regulating and promoting the trade,” said Liu.

Meanwhile, bird’s nest farmer Yeo Gek Heong said compared to the bird’s nest of Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak’s bird’s nest is of higher quality. This is because Sarawak has vast land area with small population and the natural equatorial environment of Sarawak has allowed top quality bird’s nest to be produced.

“Our bird’s nest is of premium quality. We should market our bird’s nest as our own brand, rather than through Peninsular Malaysia where their bird’s nest is of inferior quality.”

“A department or an agency of sort or existing agency should be identified to help the industry so that we can export our bird’s nest as a premium merchandise. The existence of such a department or agency may also help to reduce the possibility of monopoly by a few big players,” said Yeo.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/06/01/birds-nest-industry-booms-again-thanks-to-e-commerce/#ixzz4AHPsxxpd

Sarawak AA grade: good quality nest which contains less nitrate and less feathers fetch very high price in the market. The Good Animal Husbandry Practice ( GAHP) adopted by MyGAP certified swiftlet farms guaranteed of this quality.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Edible Cave Nest Swiftlet

There are two type of swiftlet species that build edible nest in the cave namely Aerodramus maximus and Aerodramus fuciphagus. Maximus make their nest with more siliva togather with feathers therefore their nest appear black. 

The black nest is heavier and thicker than white nest.

Most nests are built during the breeding season by the male swiftlet over a period of 35 days. They take the shape of a shallow cup stuck to the cave wall. The nests are composed of interwoven strands of salivary cement. The nests have high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.