WHILE Puyat durian variety is already popular to local consumers, the Durian Industry Association of Davao City (DIADC) further promoted planting of this variety, as it sees its market potential in China.
“Gina-promote namo ang pagtanom sa Puyat durian kay siya ang produkto sa Davao karon na acceptable sa China (We are currently promoting Puyat durian because it is one product of Davao that is acceptable to China),” DIADC Secretary Manuel Villanueva said during the Kapehan media forum in SM City Davao, Monday, July 29.
“So far, mao pa man gud ang atong na test sa China and acceptable na siya sa taste sa mga Chinese. But we are also working on other varieties (So far, we could only promote this variety since it was the one tested in China and has become acceptable to the Chinese’s taste. But we are working on other varieties as well),” he added.
During the harvest peak season in August last year, Villanueva said they were able to ship a container van of Puyat durian variety to China for free tasting of potential buyers and few have expressed their interest.
“We have one member who funded our shipping to China for free-tasting and the result was good because many have liked its taste and aroma,” Villanueva said in the vernacular in a separate phone interview.
He added that there have already been few shipments to China, but not by bulk yet.
Meanwhile, Villanueva said they are conducting trainings to their durian farmers on harvest strategies and identifying mature durian fruits potential for export to other countries.
“Mao ra man gud ni atong pamaagi na magpadala ta sa other countries, dili lang China but also Japan and Korea, nga quality pud para dili ta madaot (This is our way to ensure the quality of durian we are shipping not just in China, but Japan and Korea as well),” he said.
The group will showcase Puyat durian variety along with other varieties like Arancillo, D101, D24, Red Prawn, among others, during the Durian Festival on August 9 to September 9, 2019 at the SM Lanang Premier, in time for the peak harvest season and Kadayawan Festival.
There will be seven exhibitors to participate in the festival. Other Kadayawan fruits like mangosteen, lanzones, and rambutan will also be showcased. (LHC)