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Filipino durian growers content with export potential for their crop

Durian has the potential to become a top-five food export for the Philippines. Emmanuel Belviz, president of the Durian Industry Association of Davao City, said that the group is working with the Department of Agriculture (DA) in laying the groundwork for the China export trade. The Philippines and China sealed an agreement for the export to the mainland of at least 54,000 tons of fresh durian.

“I think the Philippines has huge potential in the export market, especially with our Puyat and Duyaya varieties,” he said, adding that durian could be “one of the country’s top export products in the next five years.”

According to the DA, its regional field office in Davao is working on a five-year development plan aiming to strengthen technical support, provide inputs such as fertilizer, pesticide, and post-harvest facilities.


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