Edible-bird's nest (EBN) : Anti-Aging Food.
The general guidelines for the anti-aging diet are: keep your calorie consumption and saturated fat intake down; eat plenty of wholegrain, oily fish , fresh fruit and vegetables; and cut down on salt and sugar. In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific foods that have a role in anti-aging and that you should regularly include in your diet such as edible bird's nest soup.
Wong poses with Wing Shen’s processed bird’s nest products.
KUCHING: Wing Shen Food Industries Sdn Bhd (Wing Shen), an established bird’s nest manufacturing company, hopes for for Sarawak government assistance in encouraging the growth of bird’s nest farming industry.
According to managing director Wong Nguie Jin, there is a shortage of raw materials in Sarawak which needs to be addressed by the government.
Previously, Wong noted that Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) had conducted a course for bird’s nest farmers to build the farms (birdhouses) way back in 2007.
The course provided farmers with the techniques, support and knowledge necessary for them to build the birdhouses and ways to attract the swiftlets to come to nest in these buildings.
The course from JKM was planned and was considered a success as many farmers managed to harvest these raw materials and sell the goods to Wing Shen.
However, unprocessed bird’s nests is still short in supply given the huge demand for the finished products overseas.
As such, Wong hopes that the government can support this industry by encouraging farmers to join in the bird’s nest farming business. These can be subsidies for more training courses which can then be used for their food and accomodations during the course period.
“Income from these bird’s nest farming can incur up to even RM5,000 per month,” he said.
Wong stressed that this thriving industry can create more working opportunities for locals in Sarawak. Moreover, as this business has high earning potential, farmers who retire later will have less financial burden during their retirement.
Generally, Wong believed this industry can create more employment opportunities for locals in Sarawak.
“The working population will increase as when they have the farm, they will hire employees to help harvest the bird’s nests,” he explained.
As Wing Shen is involved in the downstream side of the bird’s nest industry, the company is also in need of employees as it relies more on manpower instead of machineries when processing the bird’s nests.
Currently, there are only three companies in Sarawak authorised to export to China, including Wing Shen. Two of these firms are in Kuching while the other is in Mukah.
These three companies are currently only able to supply 300 kilograms of bird’s nest per month to China, which Wong reiterates is not enough.
Malaysia’s supply of processed bird’s nest to China amounts to at least five tonnes per month.
“In Malaysia, in one month, we can only collect 20 to 30 tonnes of unprocessed bird’s nest which is still not enough,” he said.
Aside from China, which makes up 70 per cent of the company’s exports, Wing Shen also exports its products to Taiwan, Canada, US and Australia.
Model of small scale swiftlet house measuring 12 x 24