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PH to export 54,000 MT of durian to China

March 25, 2023 Cory Martinez 194 views

AN annual export of at least 54,000 metric tons (MT) of “premium” fresh durian to China will start soon this year.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) said that the exportation of the country’s fresh durian is part of the fruit export deal secured by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. during his state visit to China.

The DA disclosed that the stakeholders are now beefing up their production to meet the high demands entailed by the agreement.

Among the private durian growers are the Davao City-based Eng Seng Food Products and Belviz Farms, which are now preparing for the Chinese market for Philippine durians.

“Pinakalamaking market ng durian ang China kaya very excited kami and expect na kung open na ang China market, target namin talaga weekly meron tayong container van export,” Eng Seng Food Products CEO John Tan said.

Tan disclosed that his company targets to export 300-500 container vans of durian this year.

The preferred durian varieties for export include Puyat, Duyaya, and D101 because of their golden yellow flesh and pleasant taste.

Belviz Farms owner Emmanuel Belviz, who is also the president of the Durian Industry Association of Davao City (DIADC), on the other hand, said that the Philippines has a “very big” potential in the export market, especially with good varieties like the Puyat and the Duyaya varieties.

According to Belviz, the DIADC is closely working with the national government, particularly the DA, for the preparation of the required documents and protocols.

Belviz added that they are also helping the government assist other industry players, especially small farmers, to improve their production and comply with the export requirements.

“This is both a blessing and a challenge. Blessing, dahil nga may market na tayo, good price. A challenge naman dahil this is an export market. We need to produce better durian fruits and a more food safe, dahil maraming certifications ang kailangan e. So hopefully, the association, together with the DA, can help these farmers to reach that market,” Belviz said.

Tan, meanwhile, expressed the same sentiments that while Eng Seng applies Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, the production of good quality durian starts at the farms.

“Basta maraming trainings na nabigay ang DA na majority naman is aimed for quality production. This is a good chance na ang mga farmers, lalo na mga backyard farmers na majority ngang iyon, (ay) iyong members namin will learn how to produce good quality na globally competitive na durian fruits,” Belviz explained.

Belviz also said that the DA-Davao Regional Field Office (RFO) and the local government units (LGUs) are active partners of the DIADC. The DA also provided the association with harvesting vehicles, reefer vans, and other tools and equipment.

The Davao RFO is also working on a five-year development plan for the durian industry that will intensify technical support and the provision of quality planting materials, fertilizer, pesticide, equipment, and tools, as well as the establishment of postharvest facilities.

Following the directives of President Marcos Jr. and DA Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban, other DA-RFOs are also identifying expansion areas for durian production and encouraging more farmers to be Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) certified and produce more durian for export.

“Plant more durian because ang market, ang demand ng durian ay napakalaki, especially with the opening of the Chinese market, sobrang laki at sobrang kulang ng durian natin dito. I encourage everyone to plant more durian,” Belviz said.