Bumper har­vest of durian seen

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DURIAN lovers are in for a treat this har­vest sea­son com­pared to 2016 and 2017.

“If we are to com­pare from the har­vest last year, we have a lot more for this year,” Micu­lob said dur­ing the me­dia fo­rum Kape­han sa Dabaw on Mon­day July 30, 2018

Micu­lob said the ex­treme drought and heavy rain­fall in the past years re­sulted the de­crease in durian pro­duc­tion.

”In 2016 we were hit by drought brought by El Nino, then in 2017 there was im­mense heavy rain which af­fected also the growth of the durian. But now, our trees have re­cov­ered re­sult­ing into a higher pro­duc­tion,” Micu­lob said.

The Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity re­ported a 20.52-per­cent de­cline in durian pro­duc­tion vol­ume in Davao Re­gion to 53,805.71 met­ric tons (MT) in 2016 from 67,697.44 MT in 2015.

Davao city has an es­ti­mate of 2,800 hectares of durian plan­ta­tion, and con­trib­utes to 60 per­cent of durian sup­ply in the coun­try.

But Micu­lob said that the price of the durian will not amount to 2015’s 20 pe­sos per kilo. He also said that 2015 was also the ban­ner year for the high­est durian pro­duc­tion in the past three years.

Ac­cord­ing to the data from Bureau of Plant In­dus­try (BPI) of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA), in 2015 Davao re­gion pro­duced a vol­ume of 67697.44 met­ric tons for durian pro­duc­tion, but this de­creased into 53805.71 met­ric tons by 2016.

“I don’t think we can go back to that price anymore, be­cause we kept a sup­port price for the farm­ers not lower than 25 pe­sos, for the farm­ers to also earn a liv­ing, and be more en­ticed to plant, en­hance, and pro­duce more durian,” Micu­lob said.

Still, he ex­pects the prices to be lower by Au­gust in time for Ka­dayawan.

“For the cur­rent price the durian is at al­most a hun­dred per kilo, but as Au­gust comes, we are ex­pect­ing a 50 per­cent de­crease,” Micu­lob added. GAD

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