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Davao durian growers urged to expand and choose improved varieties

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region has been urging durian growers to expand or plant more trees with focus on improved varieties. The reason for this is that, now that market demand has skyrocketed, the durian industry is highly attractive for exporting countries.

DA-11 regional director Abel James Monteagudo has stated that new durian varieties have recently evolved and discovered to be meatier and creamier. “To all our durian growers there is this so-called bright future in durian production. I encourage you to expand or plant more durian trees and plant those improved varieties, venture into post-production, and rest assured that DA along with other partner agencies are here to help you establish market linkages,” he said.

Monteagudo noted that from 2014 to 2021, the Philippines has always been in the Top 10 list of exporters of fresh durian in the global market. Davao Region ranked seventh and is contributing 78 percent of the total durian production in the country, half of it is from this city.


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