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4,000kg Of Musang King To Be Flown To China For Durian Festival

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China will be holding a durian festival next month and our very own King of Fruits will feature prominently.

According to Asean Cooperative Organisation president Datuk Abdul Fatah Abdullah, Malaysia will ship up to 4,000kg of the Musang King durian variety to China just in time for the festival which is scheduled from 3 to 5 November 2017.

“Because durians have a place in the communities there (China), Malaysian and regional cooperatives must not miss this golden opportunity to export the king of fruits in large quantities,” he said, Utusan Malaysia reports.

It was also announced that Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek will be present to officially open the festival in Nanning.

“Last year, the export value of durian was RM74 million and we expect that it will increase by a 10 per cent this year. Our major markets are China and Hong Kong,” Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek announced in Parliament. Pic: NST“Last year, the export value of durian was RM74 million and we expect that it will increase by a 10 per cent this year. Our major markets are China and Hong Kong,” Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek announced in Parliament. Pic: NST

China's growing apetite for the Musang King, has led to Malaysian producers to resort to exporting their produce there in recent years leading to a shortage in local supply which has seen the price of the Musang King soar to as high as RM500/kg.

Earlier in September, FAMA chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin had told NST that due to improved China - Malaysia ties, our country is now allowed to ship durians there.

“This time we are sending frozen Musang King durian fruit (D197), to see how the response is compared to the durian pulp. Even local fruits such as jackfruit and pineapple will be promoted at the festival.

“The export value of durian is rising, last year it was worth RM74 million and this year it rose to more than RM100 million. We are aiming that next year the export value reaches RM150 million,” he said, NST reports.

- mD