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Thursday, February 25, 2021

NEW ESTATES FOR DURIANS?

ARE THERE NEW ESTATES FOR
 premium durian planting in Malaysia?. In NST report titled 'China's huge appetite for durian threatening Malaysia's rainforests' was an interesting topic for my discussion in this blog. The above picture was taken bya NST reporter on January 18, 2019 shows the new land for a huge durian planting in Raub, Pahang. There also photo on the meat of a durian being removed at an eatery stall specialising in the fruit, in Beijing (Below). Today the soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of deforestation in Malaysia with environmentalists warning vast amounts of jungle is being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit as reported by AFP. News from Raub, Pahang claim that soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of issues of deforestation in Malaysia, with environmentalists warning vast amounts of jungle is being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit. This blog in "Anim Agriculture Technology'' share the report for readers.

Grown across tropical Southeast Asia, the durian is hailed as the "king of fruits" by fans, who liken its creamy texture and intense aroma to blue cheese. But detractors say durians stink of sewage and stale vomit. The strong smell means many hotels across the region have banned guests from bringing them to rooms, while Singapore does not allow the fruit on its subway system. Nevertheless, they are a hit in China, and the increase in demand has prompted exporters to vie for a bigger share of the burgeoning market. Growers in Malaysia are increasingly shifting from small orchards to industrial-scale operations – a trend that environmentalists warn presents a new threat to rainforests already challenged by loggers and palm oil plantations. 
Right now the durians are gaining a lot of attention from the Chinese market as claimed by Sophine Tann that was from environmental protection group Peka, which has studied land clearances to make way for the fruit.  This deforestation for planting of durians is in preparation to meet that demand. In the jungle-clad district of Raub in central Malaysia, swathes of rainforest have recently been chopped down to make way for a new plantation, with durian seedlings protected by netting planted across bare hillsides. This picture taken on January 18, 2019 shows two durians on display at an eatery stall specialising in the fruit, in Beijing. - Soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of deforestation in Malaysia with environmentalists warning vast amounts of jungle is being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit. The plantation is next to an area of protected forest, which is home to a kaleidoscope of animals, from monkeys to exotic birds. A river, now murky and filled with trunks and branches from logging, runs close by. A sign outside the plantation said it was run by Ample Harvest Produce, but company staff refused to comment when contacted about the loss of trees in the area. The Peka spokesman said the land's status was changed by the local government to allow logging, but local authorities did not respond to requests for comment.
Source: NST

By,
M Anem,
Putrajaya,
Malaysia.
(February 2021).

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