BACHOK, Oct 23 (Bernama)– The restriction on bird’s nest export to China is expected to be resolved soon, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
The development is expected to draw a sigh of relief from about 50,000 bird’s nest industry operators.
Mustapha said China was prepared to negotiate the matter and as such, the question of local bird’s nest operators going bust did not arise.
“The Chinese government has agreed to discuss and resolve the problem,” he told reporters after closing the Kelantan Tourism Promotion Awareness Campaign, here, Sunday.
He was commenting on the import restriction on birds’ nests to China on the grounds that Malaysian birds’ nests have high levels of nitrates.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had discussed with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on the restriction when attending the 2011 China-Asean Expo in Nanning recently.
Mustapa said Malaysia exported RM1.5 billion worth of birds’ nests to China annually and in Kelantan alone, there were 1,500 swiftlet houses managed by 2,000 operators.
Source : Bernama