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Increasing number of edible bird nest producers in southern Myanmar
Source : The Global New Light of Myanmar View Count : 3748
Jun 10, 2017

The number of producers of edible bird nests has increased in southern Myanmar in towns such as Myeik, Kawthoung, and Bokpyin, according to a report in yesterday YCDC newspaper.
       China is the main buyer of edible bird nests produced by swiftlets.
       A viss of birdnests fetches US$2,000 in the market. The edible bird nests are utilised in making China traditional medicine for high nutritional value and exquisite flavor.
       It is also believed that it has medicinal benefits for pregnant women.
       In addition to its use for its medicinal purposes, Chinese restaurants also offer bird’s nests soup at a premium price.
       Previously, bird nest hunters had to collect the nests at islands in the Myeik archipelagoes in Taninthayi Region.
       Now bird nest producers create suitable birdhouses where swiftlets are induced into making nests at houses in Myeik, Kawthoung, and Bokpyin townships.
       There are nearly 150 of these houses and many breeders are thriving, it is learnt.

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