August 22, 2016

Edible bird’s nests in high demand from China, Malaysia and Thailand

The edible bird’s nests produced by swiftlets from the Myeik archipelagoes in Taninthayi Region are readily purchased in China, Malaysia and Thailand, it is learnt.
The bird’s nests are exported through Ranong  to Thailand and are also sent to Yangon. The merchants export these bird’s nests to Malaysia and China after the nests are purified, then packaged.
There are two islands on the archipelago where collection of bird’s nests are not allowed, in order to prevent the extinction of the swiftlet. The collecting period of edible bird’s nests lasts for three months. A permit allowing collection of bird’s nests lasts until the first week of November, said U Ko Lay Win, who is engaged in the swiftlet’s bird’s nest farming.
Swiftlets are induced into making nests by using bird-noise techniques at houses along the Strand Road in Myeik. This breeding business has become popular in the region, and many breeders are thriving, said breeders.
There are over 130 houses where the swiftlets dwell in Myeik, Kawthaung and Boat Pyin. The market prices of bird’s nests are from Ks1.6 to 2.2 million per viss, depending on the quality of the nest.
The forestry department grants permission to collect the nests, in keeping with a policy to preserve the bird species. The bird’s nests are found in the islands of Dawei, Myeik archipelagoes and the islands of the western Pathein.
The high-quality bird-nests are found in the 32 islands of Taninthayi Region. The edible bird’s nests are mostly found in Mali Island in the Myeik archipelagoes.—200


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