Davao durian growers are exploring external markets

Durian growers in the Davao Region of the Philippines are planning to export their fruits within and outside the country this harvest season. According to Neil Belviz, Davao Industry Association of Durian Council (DIADC) president, they partnered with a private cargo company to help strengthen their plans of exporting durians to other parts of the country, particularly in Manila.

Belviz said there is a need to strengthen their exportation plans by connecting farmers to other processors and exporters to boost the financial income of the farmers. Durian prices will be more affordable in the coming weeks since there will be ample supply during the month of September, the start of the harvest season, Belviz added.

Currently, Belviz said the prevailing farm gate prices of durian in the city range between P40 to P55 per kilo, depending on the variety. Puyat, the premium type of durian, is at P55, while lower varieties range from P35 to 40.

The retail price, however, is around P60 to P80 per kilo but they are expecting that it would decrease due to the increase of supply.

[ P1 = €0.017 ]

Source: sunstar.com.ph


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