There are an estimates of 20,000 swiftlet house owners and farm operators in the country.
With the strong effort of Malaysians to create the market for Bird’s Nest, Kuala Lumpur plan to export raw and uncleaned (RUC) edible bird’s nest to China to create a stable price for Malaysian operators.
To achieve this in a sustainable manner, local swiftlet house owners and farm operators should comply with standard operating procedures set by both governments.
Gabungan Muhibah Walet Malaysia’s secretary Mohamad Azani Mohamad Zin said that bird’s nests are mostly exported via third countries such as Hong Kong and Vietnam, and added that market price is expected to be more stable with direct export to China.
The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry signed agreement protocols with China in 2016 and this enable the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia to evaluate Malaysia’s bird’s nest before export.