10 Sep '15, 6pm

Durian faces threat from climate change, new crops

DAVAO CITY—Climate change and a shift in preferred crops are threatening to reduce the supply of durian and lead to a shortage in supply of the world-famous pungent fruit in Southern Mindanao, a region known for durian production. Candelario Miculob, head of the Durian Industry Council of Davao City (DICDC), said there has been a steady decline in the volume of durian harvest in the region, which is made up of the four Davao provinces, Compostela Valley and this city, during recent years. Citing a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Miculob said in 2013, durian production in the region dropped to 70,064 metric tons because farms were destroyed by Typhoon “Pablo.” ADVERTISEMENT Instead of replacing damaged durian trees, many farmers shifted to production of other high-value crops, he said. One of these crops, he added, is cacao which could be harvested three ye...

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