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Many Chinese take bird’s nest as a delicacy and for health purposes also cosmetics. It greatly promoted business with huge profit.  A kilogramme of bird’s nest price can fetch about RM38,000 in China while a kilogramme of raw bird’s nest can only fetch between RM4,000 and RM5,000 from Sabah Swiftlet House and Bird’s Nest. Swiftlet rearing need good knowledge as how to get good swift house. For information. most suitable place to set up a swiftlet house is in an area out of the city and far from where there are too many people.

Swiftlet rearing can rake in big bucks: Karim
Kota Kinabalu: Swiftlet rearing or the bird’s nest industry in Sabah should be greatly promoted as it can reap a huge profit, said former Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister, Datuk Karim Bujang.

He said the potential for this business, especially for the Chinese market, is huge.

“Many Chinese take bird’s nest as a delicacy and an important food source for health purposes, apart from making it into cosmetics,” he said at a swiftlet-rearing seminar here, Saturday.

Sabah Swiftlet House and Bird’s Nest Industry Association (Swifin) President, George Ng, pointed out that a kilogramme of bird’s nest (clean) can fetch about RM38,000 in China.

“However, for the Sabah market, a kilogramme of raw bird’s nest can only fetch between RM4,000 and RM5,000. So, we see the price gap here and we need more industry players to do something about this,” he said.

Seeing the lucrativeness of the swiftlet rearing business, he said more people should come forward to make it their rice bowl and contribute to the economy.

“I am sure our Government also encourages the development of the industry as it has allocated a certain amount of money to be made as loans for those interested in venturing into it.

“If I’m not mistaken, the Government is targeting an annual revenue of RM5 billion from this industry alone, but so far we are only producing products worth less than RM1 billion,” said Ng.

He also pointed out that some of the countries where people can think of having their products sold to, apart from China, are Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, having his own swiftlet house and bird’s nest business now, Karim pointed out that there are certain things people should know before they venture into the field.

“When I first started constructing my swiftlet house, I was quite worried.

But because I made frequent trips to Indonesia, one of the best bird’s nest exporters in the region, I learnt some things that made me believe I can succeed.

“Having done my research on the birds and products, and after all the hard effort I have put in, I am happy to see the returns.”

Being one of the invited speakers at the seminar, organised by Swifin, Karim also shared some tips on how to get the right house for the birds.

“From my experience, I learnt that the appropriate thickness for swiftlet houses is about 10 inches and you must make sure the place is high enough and the humidity level and temperature must also be suitable,” he explained.

He said there are certain things that a person needs to learn and experience on their own before he or she can really succeed.

“This is nature and we cannot fight nature, and funny as this might sound, people who rear birds must be kind hearted and charitable.

“Some people say if you take care of the birds for one year, they will in return take care of you and your family for the next two to three generations,” he said.

On other developments, Karim said the most suitable place to set up a swiftlet house is in an area out of the city and far from where there are too many people.

“First of all, we do not want to create sound pollution and other problems to people, plus birds themselves might not be at ease there too.

“We have no definite guideline from the authorities for swiftlet rearing, apart from getting a licence from the Wildlife Department at the moment,” he added.

However, he pointed out that there are also cases of people not succeeding after trying out.

“One must also depend on their luck because everything has its risk, nothing is definite,” he said.

Towards the end, he again urged more people to take the opportunity to venture into the field as the potential is there.

source: daily express

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