A Mindanao fruit expert is going to Malaysia as an initial step to survey the market for pummelo, Longkong lanzones, durian and mangosteen in the Asean Economic Community. He wants to find out which seasons the four fruits are produced in the different supplying countries.
By knowing the schedule of availability of the fruits in the Asean Market, he will be able to determine the best strategies for commercial production of the four high-value exotic fruits in the Philippines. As well known to fruit experts, the fruiting season differs in different locations due to the prevailing season in each locality, and there are also management techniques in inducing fruiting of pummelo, Longkong, durian and mangosteen.
The fellow is Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona, a retired fruit expert from the University of Southern Mindanao who is now engaged in exotic fruit production. He is a commercial grower of the fruits mentioned above. He is particularly excited about the potential of a white-fleshed pummelo variety, Nam Roi, from Vietnam that he obtained from the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal, about seven years ago.
He reported that Nam Roi, as per his experience in his own farm, is bigger and sweeter than the Magallanes pummelo which is widely grown in Davao. The flesh also readily detaches from the rind, which is a very desirable trait. The market is already well established in the market, especially in Vietnam, where it is one of the fruits served during breakfast in upscale hotels like the Sheraton Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City where we stayed during a recent trip.
Dr. Pamplona revealed that he is going to develop a three-hectare farm just for Nam Roi. That’s just the beginning. Many other commercial growers might also get interested if they also realize the potential market for this variety in the Asean market. Of course, he will also be promoting the export of Magallanes pummelo in the Asean.
He is currently writing a paper on the Opportunity to Expand Pummelo and Longkong Production in the Philippines for Export to the AEC Market. It will be published in Agriculture Magazine of the Manila Bulletin edited by your blogger, Zac B. Sarian.