ON AEC MISSION: Survey Of Fruiting Seasons of Pummelo, Longkong, Durian and Mangosteen

ON AEC MISSION: Survey Of Fruiting Seasons of  Pummelo, Longkong, Durian and Mangosteen
Red Vietnam pummelo

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.

ON AEC MISSION: Survey Of Fruiting Seasons of  Pummelo, Longkong, Durian and Mangosteen
Longkong lanzones can be an export item from the Philippines if grown in big volumes.

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.

ON AEC MISSION: Survey Of Fruiting Seasons of  Pummelo, Longkong, Durian and Mangosteen
Nam Roi, a white-fleshed Vietnam pummelo grown in a container. If grown in a plantation, the fruits can be exported tothe Asean Economic Commujnity market.

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.

ON AEC MISSION: Survey Of Fruiting Seasons of  Pummelo, Longkong, Durian and Mangosteen
Close up of a mangosteen fruit in the farm of Dr. Pamplona.

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.

ON AEC MISSION: Survey Of Fruiting Seasons of  Pummelo, Longkong, Durian and Mangosteen
The Magallanes pummelo widely grown in Davao is also a potential fruit for export if produced in big volumes.

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.

ON AEC MISSION: Survey Of Fruiting Seasons of  Pummelo, Longkong, Durian and Mangosteen
Durian is another possible export from the Philippines to the AEC market.
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