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State of Pahang, Malaysia

Legitimising illegal durian farms in Raub district can boost exports to China

On August 9, all illegal durian growers in the district of Raub are able to come forward and accept the legalisation scheme undertaken by the Royal Pahang Durian Group. This ‘pardon’ is set up in collaboration with the state government.

Although the legalisation scheme has evoked criticism from some politicians and some of the illegal growers who have been occupying state land for years, Royal Pahang Durian maintains that the problem of illegal farming will otherwise get out of control.

It is of the view that the legalisation scheme should be seen as a prompt and fair action to deal with the matter, given that the Malaysian durian industry can be a strong contributor to the nation’s agro-economy.

However, the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) had explicitly stated that the imported Malaysian durians must be sourced from Malaysian Good Agricultural Practices (MyGAP)-certified farms, says a spokesperson for Royal Pahang Durian Group.

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