19 Sep '17, 1am

Beserah durian season loses bite following bauxite mining

Beserah durian season loses bite following bauxite mining

KUANTAN: The coming of the durian season every year at Kampung Jeram, Beserah here is always eagerly awaited by residents and outsiders who want to take a bite of the king of fruits from the village. However, Ahmad Rizal Jaafar, 37, says the excitement has been dampened as a result of development and bauxite mining which has led to a decrease in the yield. He said reckless bauxite mining had previously damaged roads leading to the orchards, and polluted the rivers. “Who would want to go to the orchards if the roads are full of potholes and difficult for normal vehicles to pass? The river water is also no longer clear. “We are not opposed to development or any activity that can generate income in this village...however, it should be done without affecting the environment,” he reasoned. Ahmad Rizal said uncertain weather conditions had also caused durian trees to yield less ...

Full article: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/281287/beserah...

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