Musang King cultivation in Malaysia is expected to grow by 50 percent in the next two years, to meet the high demand from countries like China. A survey has shown there are 1.576 million durian trees in peninsular Malaysia, with Musang King trees totalling 569,000.
Aside from opening up new area for growing durian, Musang King should become the dominant variety through a grafting exercise using existing Durian Kampung trees as rootstock, said Agriculture Director-General, Mohd Nasir Warris, at a media meet: “Sub-standard durian trees, if they’re still healthy, can produce Musang King fruit in three years through this technique. So in the coming years, we will see a decrease in Durian Kampung and more Musang King.”
He said farmers who are interested in growing Musang King farming will be assisted for authenticity control because trees do not grow true to seed. “Musang King can’t be propagated from seed. A tree, that is not the variety you want, will emerge. So to produce the right variety, bud grafting is done. In this way you achieve the intended objective,” he told malaymail.com.