P2M set aside for durian capital rehab
The Department of Agriculture will allocate P2 million for the rehabilitation of durian plantations in Davao that are affected by the long dry spell.
Businessmirror quoted Agriculture Assistant Director Maria Febe Orbe as saying that the fund will cover procurement and distribution of durian seedlings, especially desired varieties.
Department of Agriculture-High Value Crops Program regional coordinator Melani Provido said around 50,000 durian trees died and some were badly hit in Davao like Tugbok, Calinan, and Toril district.
The local government of Davao City has vowed to help rehabilitate the durian plantations.
Davao City, known as the durian capital of the Philippines, supplies 80 percent of the country’s durian needs.
Fruit supply is low during the durian festival which runs from August 5 to September 4 as part of the Kadayawan festivities.