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BUSINESS

MED ready to assist bird's nest entrepreneurs

29/04/2019 02:30 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 (Bernama) — The Entrepreneur Development Ministry (MED) is ready to assist bird’s nest entrepreneurs in penetrating the international market, said its Minister, Datuk Seri Redzuan Yusof. 

However, the entrepreneurs would firstly have to understand the manufacturing ecosystem chain of a product, while undergoing specialised training.

“They need to understand the production process of swiftlet nests and the ministry will help with the rest.

“There are many agencies under my ministry which provide funding, training and commercialisation of innovations, but if they don’t make an effort to learn, we will not be able to help them.

“Right now, we are not going to assist by giving the entrepreneurs money to do what they want. We want to know what they can do and what they are capable of,” he told reporters after officiating the MyNest “Eco Culture” museum and factory here today.

Meanwhile, MyNest Group Malaysia director and chief executive officer Datuk Chua Huai Gen said the museum provided information on the history of the swiftlet nest industry in Malaysia.

“Our main objective is to become the biggest swiftlet nest processing centre in Southeast Asia, with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification.

“Malaysians and foreign tourists have the chance to visit and learn more about the process in producing high quality birds nest. MyNest also provides a training centre to teach those who are interested in becoming swiftlet nest entrepreneurs and exporters,” he said. 

Previously, MyNest had collaborated with several companies, namely Yanmin Resources Sdn Bhd, Swiftlet Fortune Manufacturing Sdn Bhd and Swallow House Enterprise Sdn Bhd, and had been recognised and approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Health Ministry and the Department of Veterinary Services.

Chua said MyNest aims to create 1,000 jobs, adding that the 5,000 square foot factory, equipped with the latest technology, will minimise manual labour and is capable of producing 48 tonnes of processed bird’s nest per annum.

-- BERNAMA

 


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