Davao starts Singapore durian export in August

Subscribe Now June 07, 2013 at 08:33am

DURIAN growers in the Davao Region will start exporting their fruit product to Singapore on a daily basis starting in August.

The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Davao, which will facilitate the exportation, said one to five tons of fresh durian will initially be shipped to the Southeast Asian country.

DA-Davao Director Remelyn Recoter said representatives of five Singaporean companies visited the region last May 17 to look at different farms of banana cavendish, pineapple, pomelo and durian.

These Singaorean investors then concluded that they are going to import fresh durian through shipment, according to Recoter.

She said the Singaporean wanted the shipping to be via plane so that the Durian will be fresh when it reached its destination.

The DA chief said they are still working on the logistical and technical side of the exportation to start the possible contract between Davao and Singapore.

DA marketing chief Mirope Lamsen said they are still computing the shipment cost because there is no direct shipment from Davao to Singapore.

Durian in Davao usually has its peak season in August.

Lamsen said Singapore will still buy the region's durian even if it will be the peak production of durian in Malaysia.

She added that Singaporeans are interested because of the close distance of Singapore and Davao.

Recoter noted that Davao is one of the top producers of durian in the country, citing that about 80 percent of the national output of durian came from Davao.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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