Saturday, April 30, 2011

Perak guide on swiftlet industry soon
IPOH: Perak will implement its standardised guidelines for the swiftlet nest industry soon. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said that at present, the state’s 15 local district councils had their own set of rules for the industry.

“While some councils follow the guidelines given by the Housing and Local Government Ministry such as breeders must form associations before they are given licences, others allow the breeders to register with the Veterinary Services Department,” he said after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting here. Dr Zambry said the guidelines which were discussed during the meeting were being fine-tuned.

“Among the areas that need to be tightened are the sound pollution resulting from the swiftlets inside the buildings and the proposed locations to house the nests,” he said yesterday. On another matter, Dr Zambry said the same department had been instructed to engage poultry farmers to reduced the problem of flies. “We hope the farmers will work closely with the department,” he said.

He added that while the state supported the poultry industry, it should not cause a nuisance to its neighbours.
Dr Zambry also said that the state would revive the Pesta Laut Lumut (Lumut Beach Sports) next year.
Last held in the 1980s, the event will promote Lumut as a tourism destination and will be held in conjunction with the Royal Malay-sian Navy’s Day celebration.

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