Lecturer-turned-durian professional has collected 80 sorts of durian on his farms
Budding durian museum deliberate on Bangi golf course
Though durian has been a mainstay within the lives of most Malaysians for aeons, nowadays, the king of fruits is nicely and actually having its second within the solar, with harvest season usually entailing manic crowds and a devotion to consuming the fruit that borders on the slavish.
Which is why there’s a lot anticipation surrounding the second version of the Bangi Golf Resort Durian Competition & Awards. The pageant was launched final yr to nice acclaim and returns greater and higher this yr on 13 and 14 July 2019 with a particular new addition: a full-blown durian analysis centre.
In some ways, the analysis centre is well timed. Whereas the variety of durian farmers has elevated in tandem with rising international demand for the fruit, little or no sensible analysis has been finished into easy methods to develop durians extra successfully or produce higher clones on a industrial scale.
The durian analysis centre, (which is being constructed on the Bangi Golf Resort) is a collaboration between durian producers Dulai Fruits and the Bangi Golf Resort and can function a testing floor in an effort to hone rising strategies, collate data from skilled farmers in addition to hopefully develop the subsequent tremendous Musang King.
“With the traction we’ve been getting from the durian pageant, Bangi Golf Resort is beginning to be generally known as a durian hub within the metropolis. So it is smart that we associate with the related individuals to do the analysis centre,” says pageant director BK Tan.
“And most analysis businesses conduct analysis for the sake of doing analysis. However Dulai is taking a look at this from a industrial perspective – so they’re taking a look at yielding longer-lasting, better-tasting fruits to allow them to promote extra durians. So the aim that defines the analysis could be very clear,” provides Tan.
The centre might be modelled on the famed Chanthaburi Horticultural Analysis Centre in Thailand, with data gained within the KL centre channeled in direction of analysis and improvement in a two-acre plot that the resort has cleared particularly for this goal. What this successfully means is that the researchers will be capable of take a look at out their theories in a real-life setting to find out the feasibility and potential of every thought.
“We might be discovering and offering the agronomists for the analysis centre. So collectively, we are attempting to develop some new breed, or perhaps durians with completely different colored flesh – we don’t know what the chances are however we consider that in Malaysia, there are only a few individuals doing it,” says Eric Chan, one of many companions at Dulai Fruits.
The durian analysis centre might be unveiled through the durian pageant and is only one of this yr’s pageant sights.
Guests to the pageant may count on to see (and purchase) hundreds of durians on the pageant like D24, Black Thorn and Musang King from farms in Penang, Pahang, Johor and different states in Malaysia. This yr, Tan says the pageant expects to see farmers bringing in over 5,000 kilos of durians.
Durian lovers may additionally spot up-and-coming native artists like Sissy Imann, Fara Hezel, Wani Kayrie and Raja Syahiran, who’ve all been appointed ‘pals of the pageant’.
The 2019 version of the World Durian Championship: Malaysia Version can even see durian farmers vying for the highest spot in classes like finest Musang King, finest registered durian and finest non-registered durian.
One other spotlight of this yr’s pageant is the Durian Run, a enjoyable, riotous affair which is able to happen on 14 July and requires contributors to run with a durian by means of the golf course! The run is priced at RM68 for adults and RM48 for kids. To seek out out extra, go to www.durianfestival.my.