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Malaysia: Govt wants to export durian kampung

AS the Musang King continues to enjoy popularity in China, the Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry has taken another step to further boost durian exports by looking at the possibility of including durian kampung in the mix.

If the growing durian exports to China — as well as its production — are anything to go by, there is room for more, as the ministry mulls introducing a different variant and durian-based products to satiate the growing appetite of consumers there.

Malaysia is eyeing a bigger share of the China market, which imports some 300,000 tonnes of durian annually, mainly from Thailand.

A source told the New Straits Times the ministry was looking into imposing a quota for durian kampung, identified as “888” by the Malaysian agriculture authorities, as a requirement for exporters.

“That means exporters must allocate a certain amount, maybe five or 10 per cent for durian kampung, along with the Musang King, that will be marketed overseas.”

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said the matter had yet to be finalised and that it was still in the planning stages.

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