I wrote this article about Sabah is ideal for swiftlet farming some time in 2010 August 10th to be exact.
My main aim was to encourage Sabahan to look into developing this industry and be a big player,
Read this article:
One thing that I like about Sabah is in its beauty and its surroundings.
Now with many direct flights from KK to Chinese major cities there are more mainland Chinese as compared to Singaporean or others.
The next thing that I discovered about swiftlet farming in Sabah is that the birds species are much easier to handle.
When I said handle is their reception to good sounds and aroma.
All those Birdhouses that I am associated with in the whole of Sabah are doing well.
One good example was this BH owner who converted her master bedroom into swiftlet BH. After initial hiccup she followed by prescriptions, using my sounds and the aroma provided, her BH in Papar area is populated.
A strange method to start a BH and she managed to populate a small room with at least 20-30 nests.
This is one solid reason why I believed that swiftlet in Sabah are those species that can be easily invited to stay in any BH.
With all these background and experiences I was right all along.
Today I saw this news in The Sabah Times.
Found at: http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/print/72096
The gist of the report was this new development on investment of 1 billion raminbi worth of BHs in Sabah.
The reporter wrote as follows:
Gerak Borneo Sdn Bhd marks milestone with signing of MoU with Chinese company
|SANDAKAN: Gerak Borneo Sdn Bhd marked a new milestone in the birdâ€™s nest industry after successfully gaining the trust of overseas countries such as China to further developed the growing industry in the nation.|
The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shenzhen Qianhai King East International Investment Holding Limited at a ceremony at a hotel here, yesterday.
Gerak Borneo was represented by its Managing Director, Datu Mohd Faisal Datu Bachtiyal while Shenzhen was represented by Woo Guan Fai.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Dr Connie Joyce Tan who represented the director of Department of Veterinary Services and Animal Industry (JHPT); Shenzhenâ€™s general director, Zhi Wen Xue; Dr Samuil Mopun from the Veterinary Quality Assurance Unit JHPT Kota Kinabalu, and Sabah RELABrigadier General, Datoâ€™ Jerry Ambuting Hj Mohd Said.
In his speech, Faisal said with the signing of the MoU, the two companies are planning to build 2,000 units of purpose-built nesting houses throughout the state.
He said Gerak Borneo, which is the consultant for the Sabah Swiftlet Birdâ€™s Nest Industry Association (SABA), is always working to help improve the residentâ€™s economic standards of living especially in rural areas through the birdâ€™s nest industry.
Faisal noted that a lot of effort and competitiveness need to be invested into developing the industry to a global level.
â€œHowever, we are hoping to gain the cooperation of the State Government to work together in developing the swiftlet birdâ€™s nest industry in the stateâ€¦ Indeed, cooperation is important to develop the industry,â€ he said.
He also expressed that the confidence shown by their Shenzhen partners in entrusting the companyâ€™s skill and technology expertise will be a great motivator in ensuring the popularity of the industry, and maybe even place Sabah as the main birdâ€™s nest producer in the region.
|By : By ROZZALIN HASHIM|
|New Sabah Times|