Published: Saturday October 13, 2012 MYT 6:47:00 PM
Updated: Saturday October 13, 2012 MYT 7:40:19 PM
Confusion over guidelines for bird’s nest export
By ELWEEN LOKE
IPOH: The Malaysia Birds Nest Alliance wants to know the exact guidelines Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry have in regulating the export of raw and unprocessed bird's nest.
Its president Lim Lai Soon said swiftlet farmers were confused because they were clueless about the actual procedures for bird's nest export.
He also added that members of the Alliance were puzzled that the answer received from Veterinary Services Department in Putrajaya did not reflect the announcement that was recently made by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
During the recent Dewan Rakyat sitting, the Minister was quoted as saying that the Government would not ban the export of raw and unprocessed bird's nest as long as the countries allow its importation.
Lim said few days after the announcement, some members from the Alliance contacted Veterinary Services Department offices in Perak, Pahang and Kelantan but was told that the relevant bird's nest export documents were at the department in Putrajaya.
“When we rang up the department in Putrajaya, an officer told us that they have not received any directive to issue the export documents,” he told reporters here Saturday.
Lim said members of the Alliance were puzzled over the contradiction and wanted an explanation.
He said swiftlet farmers had not been able to export raw and unprocessed bird's nest in the last 15 months and their business had suffered severe losses.
He also said the price of raw and unprocessed bird's nest of the better quality had dropped from RM5,000 per kg (two years ago) to RM2,000 per kg.
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