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The Amazing Revival In The Cultivation Of Tropical Fruit Trees Image Credit: Agriculture
The Amazing Revival In The Cultivation Of Tropical Fruit Trees Image Credit: Agriculture

The Amazing Revival In The Cultivation Of Tropical Fruit Trees

THERE ARE MANY tropical fruit trees grown for high income in South East Asia. These include pummelo, tamarind, guava, durian, longkong (lanzones), magosteen, jackfruit, mango, and many others. I carried out recent updates on three kinds of fruit trees, namely, durian, mangosteen, and longkong by visiting the production regions in Malaysia and Thailand. These countries are the leading and trendsetters in the cultivation of these fruit trees.

Pablito P. Pamplona, PH.D.

What was observed was truly amazing! There is a grand revival in the cultivation of these fruit trees. This revival is propelled by the almost unlimited demand in the world market, particularly in China, Europe and Russia. China has recently signed an agreement with Malaysia to accept ten 20-foot vans of durian fruits daily. Thailand has long been a traditional supplier of durian in China and is now exporting huge volumes during the harvest season. In China, durian is both consumed as fruits and for producing highly demanded added-value products. The price of durian ice cream, pastries, coffee, etc. is almost twice the price of products with non-durian components.

These fruit trees are also the leading choices for retirement – planted as good source of income for buying medicine and vacation trips. They also provide the highest income as reforestation crops. In Malaysia and Thailand, it is common to see wide forestlands of these three crops. As native plants of Southeast Asia, these crops provide excellent reforestation land cover just like narra, molave, and others with one major difference: these fruit trees provide farmers with regular high income annually, while the commercial forest trees just provide ground cover, with limited income.

REVIVAL STRATEGIES

In both Malaysia and Thailand, the old durian plantations are being rehabilitated. Old tall durian trees of low productivity or inferior variety are cut a meter above the grou


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