I might be wrong but this whole idea of tagging swiftlet nests is a bit too out of the norm.
Dato Chua claimed that it was the Chinese Authorities that wanted such requirement but I was under the impression that it was the Malaysian Authorities that push this idea to them.
What can RFID benefit to swiftlet farmers?
Give me just 10 benefits by having those RFIDs implemented in your BH?
I don't think there is anything significant especially when you just started to operate a new BH.
Let me ask you this simple question.
Will those RFID tags brings more swiftlet into your new BH?
All that I know is that the moment you apply your BH to be tagged with RFID, you will be soon receive about three carload of visitors from the local authority and they will start to scrutinize with their set of rules.
There will be some fees to start paying either one off or yearly.
Their rule is not to help you to bring more birds into the BH but ........
So what do you think you will gain from this unusual experience.
The RFID tagging makes the life of swiftlet farmer more complicated.
We are looking at it as a part time or hobby but these RFID tagging will force you to be a full time operator.
They need to carry out very careful implementation methods that I think is way out of the norm.
During harvesting you need to put them into those tags boxes and send to those approved processing centres.
These centres will handle your nests with lots of care and at a higher processing fees.
The main issue in hand is the nitrite concentration.
What those Chinese Authorities are concerned about is the high content of nitrite in nests that are exported to China.
Putting those RFID tags is not the answer.
Recent complains from many swiftlet farmers:
Taken from The Star: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/24/nation/11714928&sec=nation