Climate change research, development for fruits sought

OFFICIALS have asked for more research and development efforts from various sectors to address the effects of climate change to fruit-bearing trees, amid the Kadayawan festival this week.

This as the Department of Agriculture (DA) XI noted a drop of as much as 30% in yield from durian fruits harvested between 2015 and 2016.

DA regional executive director Ricardo Onate, in an interview, said that the peak usually begins around September every year, so the figures for this year are not yet in.

However, growers are noticing a dwindling yield.

These are also evident in the price per kilogram of the popular fruit, whose prices get as low as P30 to P50 per kilogram during the fruit’s seasons.

Councilor Marissa Salvador Abella, chair of the city council’s committee on agriculture, said that the demand has overtaken supply, with investors such as those coming from China coming to the country to look for lands as large as 1,000 hectares.

“This could be done in the Paquibato District, which has around 66,000 hectares of land,” Abella said.

Abella lamented that climate change was affecting the farmers, and sought for more research and development efforts to protect the product, which has been associated with the city.

Onate and Abella were guests during the launch of SM Lanang Premier’s Durian Festival at the Fountain Court grounds.

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