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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Edible Birdnest in Marudi, Miri

The production of birdnest in Marudi has gain momentum resently with not less than 10 bird house has a production of not less than 1 kg permonth. 




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bird’s nest prices soar two-fold

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.

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.

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.

Lim, a swiftlet farmer himself, said they were forced to accept 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.