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Let take Malaysia for example, In Malaysia there are more than 60,000 swiftlet houses. Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia has conducted regular surveillance tests and so far, no positive results for Avian Influenza or bird flu. The risk of transmitting bird flu is not available. Apparently, swiftlets are non-migratory and do not share flying or nesting space with other species of birds. So, their chance of contracting the virus is minimal. Due to their short legs, swiftlets never perch or rest on telephone cables like sparrows, except on their own nesting places. They are constantly in the air, except during rest or egg-hatching periods. Furthermore, they do not share the same food and water source with other birds or animals. They drink water droplets in the atmosphere and feed on insects flying mid air. In summary, health officials and scientists from all over the world have never isolated a single strain of Avian Flu virus from swiftlets. In fact the risk of contracting bird flu is much higher in poultry farm.

Many think red-colored swiftlet nests are the result of blood, in actual it is caused by the absorption of minerals (iron absorption from the cave walls or high iron contents from the saliva) or oxidation will cause  bird’s nest to deepen in their colour as time passes. There are also unscrupulous traders who will artificially dye the nests to inflate their prices. In fact, white colour bird nest is equivalent in term of nutrients content. 

The answer is absolutely yes! However, sad to say the reality is that over 80% of failure rate .Worse, the return of investment is not being realized but losing all the money due to the following reasons:

  • Ignorant, adopt the wrong techniques for swiftlet farming.
  • Lack of understanding and misconceptions about swiftlets and swiftlet farming.
  • Selection of location for swiftlet farming.
  • Design of swiftlet houses.
  • “Copy-cat” or emulate the others.
  • Cease operation due to action taken by local authority’s.
  • As long as the provision of food chain and also food creation are available in the particular area.
  • With legal license of swiftlet ranching, equipped with necessary instrument, new domestication technology, security and surveillance have contributed a systematic approach of managing a successful swiftlet eco park.
  • Trend of future swiftleteco park farming will be strongly encouraged by government.

Let’s explore the future market of edible bird’s nest such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and other countries. China market itself has consumed almost 80% of the global supply of edible bird’s nest in the 21st century. There are three major attributes that support this promising industry:

  • - The standard of living nowadays has contributed to the desire of consuming good, natural and nutritious food like edible bird’s nest.
  • - Awareness of healthcare and preventive care that has boosted the sales of edible bird’s nest.
  • - Only limited countries or areas that can produce edible bird’s nest, that can only be found in  our part of the world – South East Asia.  

Above questions are answered by Dr. Alfred Chong – Chief Consultant.