This one from Singapore:
Dear Pak Harry
I have a bird house in , and it is about one year old. Now the house has about 50 birds. Is this considered as successful? Also, with your esteemed opinion with regards to currently clamping down on the import of bird nests, do you think this is going to be a permanent issue which we need to face for a very long time?
The number game is subjected to many factors.
If youris in a prime area with lots of birds flying above the BH, 50 is low.
If your BH is in an area where there are little birds, 50 is good.
But from me it is better to look at how to multiply them like 100% a year.
There must be a way and you need to learn how to get the right formula.
Maybe you should attend some seminar or read more books, get a qualified sifu to visit your BH so that he can tell you what is wrong with your BH, get a good set of sounds, change the sound system, improvise the vip rooms, get the floor wet and so forth.
If you want your BH to have lots of birds you need to be alert and get the latest technologies into play.
As for her second question I did not managed to answer since there is a new article about China birdnest market.
As far as I know the appetite for edible bird nests in China is the same. Very little are affected.
The only thing is the clamping of those nests that are high in nitrate.
The Chinese wanted to safe guard their people and they have the right to prevent any fatality.
The only way to enter the market is to get the right products that are cleaned and free from nitrite.
The Malaysian government is working with their Chinese counterpart and I am sure there is a way to make sure that nitrite contamination can be minimized.
Good example is to certify that the process centre follow a strict health and cleanliness rules and all products to be ship out to China are certified free of Nitrites and Heavy Metal.
This have been a requirement before and they might need to be modified to ensure that the chances of contaminated products are not exported to mainland China.
I also have spoken to many exporters, they are not that badly affected.
As long as your products follow the export guidelines you will enjoy the same high value.