Thursday, November 27, 2014
A Very Sad Status Of A Swiftlet Eco-Park At Sungai Tengas, Kulim, Kedah !!!
I wanted to see from near the Eco Park status at Sungai Tegas, Kulim, Kedah.
Last Wednesday November 19th 2014, I took 2 hours from Sungai Patani, to locate the stranded project about 1.5 kilometers away from the main road.
Got lost along the way but managed to ask some palm oil workers how to get there.
This high profiled project was a very hot topic about four to five years ago.
The developer managed to get the soon to be Chief Minister (Menteri Besar) of Kedah to launch it.
The project concept of the Eco Park was to breed the birds and released inside a huge cage and force them into these houses.
It was supposed to be full proof and nothing can go wrong.
Investors were told that within one year their BHs will be producing 3-10 kilograms of raw nests every month.
But all those promises it went wrong after about just about two years into operation and now left stranded.
The whole project consisted of 9 units of BHs connected to one another and an insect breeding house on a acre of agriculture land.
Each unit is three stories measuring about 20' by 70' and 9' ceiling height.
The opened roof top was with a huge netting supposedly to allow those birds to fly inside it upon released.
There were some feeding gadgets that were made of stainless steel.
At the back of the 9 units complex was an insect generating unit.
At the front was a small house for those workers.
The whole project seems to be abandoned about 3-4 years ago and it is a very sad thing to happen.
Each unit was either owned by one person or multiple investors.
I was told that each unit was around RM 300,000 and the whole structures was worth RM 2,700,000.
The project developer claimed that he could not proceed with the project since his fund to breed those birds were all dried up.
His method of getting fresh fund were not approved by the Nasional Bank of Malaysia.
The only thing left now is to find new investors who can reactivate his swiftlet breeding and release concept.
Upon a closed inspection I think he should do away with the breed and release concept.
He should concentrate on pulling those birds naturally using external and internal sound.
The building looks okay however its overall design was not proper.
The developer was a new guy who have no idea how a BH should look like and how to get those birds to stay in it.
The path for those wild birds to enter the BH was not proper and have very little chances for them to reach the lowest floor.
Most of those nesting planks that were not wet and looks okay.
Many of the units were flooded on the ground floor.
Current problem will soon be those burglars hanging around stealing steel materials and soon those nesting plank woods.
It nothing is done to look after the Eco Park, the whole building will be ransacked and gadgets stolen.
Given a chance I think I can help to reactivate the place using the natural wild birds and not the breeding concept.