Durian growers in the Davao Region, including small-scale farmers, claim they are ready for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification. This export certification is required by Chinese officials.
According to Emmanuel S. Belviz, president of the Davao City Durian Industry Council (DCDIC), they were ready as early as April when representatives from the China Inspection and Quarantine were scheduled to visit. The DCDIC has around 50 members, including backyard farmers cultivating at least 10 durian trees, located mostly in Davao City. Belviz said China’s agriculture attaché has confirmed that the visit will take place in 2021.
Belviz also stated the harvest this season is expected to be good, with the peak in mid- to late-September.