FRUIT growers in Davao are hopeful to finally get the Russian market for Davao’s durian fruit as the final outcome of discussion between industry players and the foreign buyer.
The president of Durian Industry Council, Larry Miculob, said talks with the foreign buyer are still ongoing but they have initially firmed up the price of the fruit.
He noted that frozen durian is prized at P250.00 per kilo in the domestic market.
Miculob, however, stressed there is also a need to make durian production sustainable given that the initial requirement of the Russian buyer is a 40-footer van with twice a month shipment of fresh, frozen packed durian meat.
He said the demand of the foreign market is big, noting that other countries like Australia are also eyeing Davao’s durian products.
“We want to expand the market and come up with a brand that will be known internationally,” he said.
Miculob said the Puyat durian variety is being propagated at present and seedlings per tree would cost about P60.00.
He also expressed the need to rehabilitate durian trees that were damaged by El Nino.
A proposal was already submitted to the Department of Agriculture (DA) for a P6-million seedling acquisition program to cover 150,000 trees both for rehabilitation and replanting of new trees.