SEREMBAN, Nov 25 – The Negeri Sembilan government is conducting a study to come up with a mechanism to supervise the bird's nest industry in the state, said State Urban Well-being, Housing, Local Government and New Villages Committee chairman Teo Kok Seong
He said the mechanism is needed to ensure the industry is run in a systematic manner and does not disrupt people's lives, among others in terms of noise pollution and cleanliness of the environment.
"This is not an easy matter but we are trying to balance the needs of the public as well as industry players,”he said during the oral Question-and-Answer session at the State Assembly here today.
He was replying to a question from Saiful Yazan Sulaiman (BN-Johol) who was unhappy about these problems in Air Mawang, Johol.
Teo added that at the moment, guidelines issued by the Housing and Local Goverment Ministry were in use to supervise the industry and reassured that the state government "would not tolerate any irresponsibility” on the part of the players.
Meanwhile, State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Bakri Sawir told the assembly that all agencies in the state that are involved in the agriculture sector had been instructed to focus new agricultural projects on idle land.
He said the state government had provided an allocation of RM.1.7 million in the 2019 Budget to incentivise this.
"This incentive encompasses upgrading of farming infrastructure like drainage, irrigation and roads besides inputs like fertiliser, pesticides and seeds,” he said in reply to a question from Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohd Redza (BN-Linggi) who has wanted to know the state government's policy on the matter,