Friday, October 12, 2012

RFID is required for registration

Bird’s nest farmers and traders are advise not to dismantle the Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) installed by the veterinary division of Agriculture Department.

According to Dr Humrawali Khan, the state’s veterinary authority, as many as 270 RFIDs had been installed by the veterinary division in swiftlet farms and bird’s nest processing factories statewide.

“The FRID is just a small gadget on the wall. It will not interfere with what is going on in the swiftlet farms and should not bother the farmers.

The veterinary division started to install the devices in bird’s nest farms and factories in Sarawak since late last year until April this year. The registration exercise will facilitate the issuance of export permit and veterinary health certificate for those who want to export their birdnest product.

According to him, in the agreement signed between China and Malaysia, the former still insisted on traceability of bird’s nests imported from Malaysia.

“In my opinion, China still insists on traceability of our bird’s nests while our traders and farmers are against it.
“However, I am yet to be briefed on the latest development with regards to bird nest trades,” he added.

There are about 4,000 swiftlet farms across Sarawak and more than 449 of them are licensed ones who have registered with Sarawak Forestry Department.

“There are 22 bird’s nest traders who are involved in processing bird’s nest and five bird’s nest related associations in Sarawak,” said Humrawali.

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