Friday, December 7, 2012
Simply Desperate But Don't Know What To Do !!!
I was with a friend in Setiawan, Perak and the latest stories gathered from a good friend is not very encouraging.
The farming (swiftlet) industry is facing serious problems not only because of the price but the number of birds and food shortages.
People are resorting to using "Duress" stress call as external sound, that is how bad it is in this once the most number of farm houses in Malaysia.
"Pak Harry U can just walk around the town and I guarantee U that you will be hearing those "Duress" sound being played as their external sound. Many BH owners are desperate and do not know what to do to populate their BHs."
I did not take his challenge but agree to his words.
He added a few more happenings that makes me a bit unhappy.
"Remember about a swiftlet Eco-park project that was launched about 6-8 months ago? They cannot take off and do you know why? Those banks are not willing to provide loans any more."
This must be due the uncertainty of the nests price.
The export into China is still hanging.
I interrupted the conversation with this special story on what was happening on bird nests export to China:
While on my way to Setiawan I managed to phone a friend of whom I know he is very active in pushing swiftlet nests trades with China.
"Hei brother what's the latest on export of bird nests to China?"
"Sorry Pak Harry I am now at Putrajaya taking a group of Chinese officials from Guangzhou, China for lunch. We have some discussions with the Malaysian Ministry on how to facilitate the export of process nests into China."
"We now have at least 20 approved companies that were given license to export processed nests into China however we have no appropriate authorities or approved Companies from China to be the Importer. They need to come to inspect those factories and approve them for export into their country."
"We hope that our Chinese counterpart will send their inspectors to check on what we have done based on the protocol terms and if approved the shipment can start. If they delay we have little choice but to wait until such arrangement is done."
My last question:
"Do you think our Government is delaying the export?"
"No I don't think so. They have been very helpful and supportive of the industry and approved more than 20 exporters who proved to be able to meet the stringent export rules and requirements. Everything are in place to export but we need our importers from China to come and help us to export."
"Do you think others can also apply for the export license?"
"The answer is yes however they need to strictly comply to the high standard of food processing operation. Yes if they upgrade their current operation to those approved method they can apply for export license."
"How about exporting raw nests?"
"The raw nests export to China was not in the protocol. As such we need to wait for the next move once the processed nests crossed it hurdle first. I am sure the necessary action will be taken to include those raw nests once the processed nests meets their approval."
You might think he is working with the Government department but I can assure you that he is not.
Currently running his father's business in swiftlet bird nests processing and 3 BHs in Tanjung Malim, Perak.
If you have any raw nests to sell to him please let me know.
The price now is about RM 1,500 to RM 2,000 depending on its shapes and dirtiness.
You you need some pocket money please call me at 017 7551318.