MALAYSIA: Choosing between oil palm and durian trees

Oil palm is still the most efficient oil crop in the world in terms of yield per hectare. Yet, as smallholders contemplate the overdue replanting of old trees, some oil palm estates may well become Musang King durian plantations because this particular species of durian is commanding astronomical prices in China.   If oil palm […]

MALAYSIA: China may approve ruc bird’s nests, durian export

The Malaysian Embassy in China sees a strong possibility of Malaysia getting the approval for its raw-unclean (RUC) swiftlet edible bird’s nests and fresh durian, especially the ‘Musang King’, to enter China starting the middle of this year. Ambassador to China, Datuk Zainuddin Yahya, said the export approval for RUC bird’s nest and the whole […]

MALAYSIA: Sarawak sends maiden shipment of durian paste to China

Sarawak, through local fruits exporter Top Fruits (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, made its first-ever shipment of frozen durian paste to China today, sending 16 tonnes to what is becoming a voracious market for the king of fruits.     Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas launched the shipment at the company’s processing plant at […]

MALAYSIA: Huge potential for Sarawak as major pineapple producer

Sarawak has huge potential to become a major pineapple producer in the country as the fruit is fast gaining popularity among farmers while the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) is seriously promoting planting pineapple in the state.   Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Anthony Nogeh Gumbek said LPNM which began operating in Sarawak […]

MALAYSIA: Durian tree is Sabah’s new attraction

A wild durian tree in the central Tongod district of Sabah is set to become a tourist attraction. The tree, also known as ‘red durian tree’, has been recognised for being the oldest and tallest tree in Tongod. At an acknowledgement ceremony, Kuamat assemblyman Datuk Masiung Banah said the tree, measuring 57.7m in height, is […]

MALAYSIA: Cold spell to affect pomelo harvest

With the current cold spell and the incessant rain destroying flowers on pomelo trees, farmers fear that this may affect this year’s harvest.   With rainy days starting even before the start of 2018, consumers are told to expect fewer fruits during harvest in six months’ time.     At the Go Chin Pomelo Nature […]

MALAYSIA: LPP identifies potential area for durian cultivation

Realising the potential of durian as a new source of income, the Farmers’ Organisation Authority (LPP) has identified a 119-hectare area to be developed for durian cultivation this year, said its chairman Tan Sri Zainal Dahalan.   He said durian provided a new economic opportunity and could benefit LPP members nationwide as the fruit was […]

MALAYSIA: The fruit that smells like gym socks is skyrocketing in China

China’s love of a pungent, football-sized thorny fruit is skyrocketing, and Malaysia wants a piece of it.   The value of China’s fresh imports of durian fruit has climbed an average of 26 percent a year over the past decade, reaching $1.1 billion in 2016, according to United Nations data. Thailand dominates that market, but […]

MALAYSIA: Govt to allocate RM1m to develop Perlis harumanis mango industry

The Perlis harumanis mango will be even sweeter in the future with the injection of RM1 million by the government to develop the industry.   Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the allocation was for drainage and planting of the trees as well as other logistics needed to increase the productivity and marketing of these mangoes.     […]