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Govt To Identify Ways To Export Bird's Nest Products Directly To China, Says Shabery Cheek

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KUALA LUMPUR: The swiftlet nest industry will improve significantly if local traders can export directly to China, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said 381 metric tonnes of the products from bird’s nest, valued at RM344.8 million, were exported to 13 countries last year.

“Local bird nest traders are able to produce about 400 metric tonnes of raw materials annually.

“However, only 60 metric tonnes of raw bird’s nest, valued at RM402 million, per year have been exported to China,” he added.

“Direct export on raw and unclean swiftlet nests will potentially help our local bird’s nest industry with rising number of demands from Hong Kong, Vietnam and China,” he said at the forum, China’s One Belt One Road Strategy and the opportunities, challenges and futures of the swiftlets nest industry in Malaysia and Asean countries.

Shabery said the government would review export terms to find ways for directly export the products as the currently a majority of the exports were handled by third parties.

He said it would be another initiative to assist the bird’s nest industry in Malaysia as it was part of the Budget 2018.

- NST