SWIFTLET bird's nest farmers want Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to intervene and resolve their longstanding problem over the export of bird's nest to China.
More than 70 farmers gathered at Seberang Prai Municipal Council field, yesterday, demanding that the government call off the signing of the protocol of entry between Malaysia and China in Naning, China, on Sept 19.
They claimed the protocol, including the requirement of the mechanism of traceability by China and the requirement imposed by our government to export the bird's nest to China would kill the industry which brought more than RM2 billion revenue to the country.
United Front of Malaysian Bird's Nest Industries Association coordinator David Lim said members, who operate more than 70,000 bird's nest houses in the country, want the government to disclose the contents of the protocol.
"The livelihood of more than 100,000 people will be affected by the signing, in addition to those in related industries."
"We want Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar to meet us before the signing because we feel it will kill the industry, especially the small players," he said.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.