Davao’s famous durian, which is known for its overpowering smell, will soon be exported to China as the country approves the fresh durian’s entry from the Philippines.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday (Sep 7), Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said that durian will soon be available in the Chinese market after a team of experts made a market access investigation.
"They successfully completed the risk assessment of the orchard harvesting, fruit packaging, pest monitoring, chemical control, covid-19 prevention, and traceability system of durian in this area. It is expected that fresh durian from Davao will be permitted for import into China as soon as this year,” Huang said.
The ambassador noted that China is the biggest durian importer in the world, importing 822,000 tons of durian worth $4.21 billion in 2021 only.
“In the first half of 2022, China's durian imports increased by another 60%, making it the most imported fruit in the Chinese market,” he said.
"Durian from Davao region is high in quality and good in taste. It is expected to win the hearts of Chinese durian lovers. As one of the most lucrative agricultural products, the entry of high-quality fresh durian from the Philippines into China with a population of 1.4 billion will benefit hundreds of thousands of Philippine fruit farmers and greatly increase the income of local growers in the Mindanao area," Huang added.
The Chinese official also said that they’re expecting more fruits and agricultural products from the Philippines to be exported to China “as the trade relations between China & the Philippines grow even closer.”
Earlier, the Department of Agriculture (DA) urged durian farmers to increase production because of its growing demand in the export market.
While durian is grown in 47 provinces in the country, Davao Region accounts for the most production of the fruit. Local varieties include chanee, monthong, alcon fancy, arancillo, and puyat.
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