As part of the government’s crop diversification programme, a sum of RM18 million (€3.88 mln) has been set aside this year to further develop and strengthen Sarawak’s durian industry.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah: “We want to avoid a situation where our farmers continue to just depend on oil palm, or pepper, or rubber alone as these commodities are often subject to price fluctuations in the market. When the price drops, they will be negatively impacted. We want them to continue to enjoy good income from their endeavours and from their crops by diversifying.”
Uggah said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg wanted farmers to diversify by growing Musang King durian, pineapples, bananas, or coconuts, which have very good demand: “They should not fear not having the market for any bountiful season as we will look for the market for them. The Agriculture Department will collaborate with the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) and some anchor companies on this.”
The Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development said through anchor company Top Fruit Sdn Bhd, Sarawak successfully exported 30 tonnes of durian paste to China last year and 100 tonnes so far this year.
According to theborneopost.com, the company has markets in seven countries for Musang King and processing plants internationally certified by these countries, including China.