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Selangor Swiftlet Association Meeting At Sungai Rambai, Selangor !!!
One of my blog reader attended the August 1st Meeting held at Sungai Rambai, Selangor.
This was some part from her email:
My husband and I had attended the AGM (our 1st) of Persatuan Pedagang Sarang Burung Negeri Selangor yesterday (1/8/10) at Sungai Rambai Swiftlet City.
They used Mandarin to communicate.
This association is trying their very best to protect our interests (of course their interests too) in swiftlet farming with Selangor Government.
The President said that we need more members to voice out our problems with the government. Currently they only have about 200 ++ members whereas there are about 5,000 farms in Selangor.
A lot of things still haven't finalised yet, if you want to find out more about the latest info/guideline, you can contact/SMS Mr. Mah @ 019-337 0005.
Only the Federal Association (the state associations eg Selangor Association are automatically members of the Federal Association) can deal with JPV.
Since Selangor is ruled by Pakatan Rakyat, the Opposition Party, they have their own set of Guidelines, I think.
The sad thing about the message is about the number of members 200++ only and there are at least 5000 BHs in Selangor.
Why do you think BH owners are not joining in as members?
Maybe they wanted to be anonymous?
Maybe the association entrance and yearly fees are too high?
Maybe those BH owners feel that there are no good reasons to be a member of the association?
Maybe there were no recruitment drive made by the association?
Maybe there is no activities to attract those newbies to be a member?
If you look at the National Guideline, to be a member is encouraged but not made compulsory?
My personal view is that it is good to be a member of these so call associations but the association should no more then what they are currently doing.
The elected board members should be more responsible in recruiting members and give them some kind of incentives to becoming a member.
The best is to visit all those BHs and perhaps hang a booklet about the associations activities plus benefits and invite all of them to participate as a member.
A good association should have a very responsible board members who will work towards the members needs and solving their problems.
The association should regularly organize talks on swiftlet farming and during this function a recruitment drive can be carried out.
Use the internet to post about those talks. Perhaps post them on Pak Harry's Blog???
Invite special speakers who have the ability to talk about how to improve your BH, new technologies and don't forget to get Jabatan Veterinary officer to talk about National Guidelines on every occasion.
The association should have their own building complete with a suitable show room that provide the new members to know more about swiftlet farming.
All documents on how to be a successful swiftlet farmer, how to get loans, how to manage your BH, plus those nation guidelines to be make available.
If members wanted to have their BH proper license, the association should do what ever she can to guide these people.
Right now those who wanted to obtain swiftlet farming license are in the dark and do not know where to get the form and what to do next.
What about helping these newbies in getting finance from the local banks? Have the association make any in roads to make sure members who qualify can apply for bank loans?
These are the thing that should be considered if you are elected to be on the board of those swiftlet farming association. If you are not ready to deliver them, it is better to be as an ordinary member.