According to Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Fishery Datuk James Ratib, a total of 2,053 hectares of Musang King durian have been cultivated in Sabah as of 2021. He said durian farming, especially the Musang King variety, is among the main crops given priority in the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) development plan.
James said his ministry, through the Sabah Agriculture Department, has and will develop 660 hectares (53,460 trees) of premium durians of the Musang King and Black Thorn varieties in 20 districts during the 12th Malaysian Plan (12MP).
The target for Nabawan is to cultivate 20 hectares of durian with the participation from 20 operators. To support the development of durian cultivation especially Musang King, he said the Agriculture Department has implemented several programmes, including production programme, verification of the authenticity of the breed and plant material, expansion services, farm accreditation and research.