2nd Kadayawan Durian Festival opens-A A +A
Friday, August 8, 2014
IN TIME for the celebration of the 29th Kadayawan sa Dabaw, the Durian Industry Council of Davao City (DICDC), together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11, formally opened Friday the 2nd Kadayawan Durian Festival at the SM Lanang Premier.
The month-long celebration showcases the bountiful harvest of the city not only the King of fruits which is Durian but also the different varieties of fruits that Davao City is rich of.
DA assistant regional director for operations Ma. Febe Orbe reported that Mindanao’s annual production of Durian reached to more than 90 thousand MT last year wherein the 70 thousand metric tons were produced in Davao Region.
Seventy thousand MT is the total regional production of which 56,000 MT were produced by Davao City.
"Before, we only produce durian for its fresh fruit product. But today, we already have various durian products such as semi-processed, durian candies, durian bars, durian chips, and other durian pastries such as cakes and pies," Orbe explained.
She also said that the marketing of durian is limited to a certain portion of the domestic market since it has been known for its bad smell.
"But recently, through all the promotion efforts, fresh durian has gained popularity in domestic and even in export markets," she added.
Orbe also emphasized that the agriculture sector is aware of the challenges faced by the Durian Industry since the neighboring countries have an annual yield of up to 10 tons per hectare compared to Philippines local production of about 2-4 tons per hectare only.
DA's projects and interventions to the durian industry aimed to i¬ncrease the yield per hectare along with producing quality fruits that are free of any diseases.
Meanwhile, DICDC chair Larry Miculob revealed that with the success of the two Durian Festivals they will be making the event annually and invite more traders, growers and farmers to participate.
"Let us all unite all the stakeholders in the Durian industry for this can help our farmers improve their living conditions," Miculob said.
Also part of the opening of the said festival was the launching of the Davao Pummelo Stakeholders Association Inc.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 09, 2014.