A one-stop centre for issuing licences and permits relating to the bird’s nest industry will benefit entrepreneurs if it is given the green light.
This was one of the resolutions discussed by the Asia Bird’s Nest Conference recently.
Currently, the farmers have to apply for a premises licence from the local council to build the bird house and then apply for a harvesting licence from the Wildlife Department.
More than 250 participants from various states took part in the two-day swiftlet workshop held at the Paya Indah Wetlands, Dengkil.
It was the third and last in a series of workshops that began in 2008.
The objective of the workshop was to get feedback from participants who had ventured into the industry and to discuss the problems they face and come up with solutions.
Other resolutions that were discussed include:
URGING the government to prepare complete guidelines for the industry;
lResearch collaboration bet-ween the government and industry players should be created or continued and government consultancy services provided, if needed; and
lrecognisING the industry as an expanding one to market the products through a standardised brand name.
Halim Kepol, 44, from Batu Pahat, got to know about the industry from friends and the Internet and has spent RM135,000 building a bird house.
“I’m interested in this industry as I feel it has the potential to succeed.
“The workshop provided us a platform to discuss swiftlet-related issues and I’ve learnt a lot from the workshops,” he said.
Another participant Abu Hussin, a retiree, said the swiftlet business was booming in Alor Gajah, Malacca.
“It’s a good opportunity as there is guidance and aid provided for swiftlet nest entrepreneurs.
“Moreover, there’s not much competition and the risk is low,” he said.
Perhilitan director-general Datuk Abdul Rasid Samsudin said Perhilitan’s role was mainly in conservation.
When asked for his comments about Sahabat Alam Malaysia’s call to ban swiftlet farming, he said the industry should not be discouraged but should be controlled.
“It has to be done on agricultural land, away from the urban areas,” he said.
A total of 16 public awareness programmes have been carried out from 2008 till June this year.
.(article picked from Staronline).