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Thailand’s Nam Dok Mai Mango is the Market Leader

The name Nam Dok Mai means sweet juice of a flower. Some say the aroma of the fruit itself resembles that of daffodils, even though they come from opposite climatic conditions. When these mangoes approach full ripeness, small dots of a sugary substance appear on their skin. Thailand grows more than 500,00 hectares of mangoes which is three times when compared this crop in the Philippines. While the Philippines grows largely two varieties namely Pico and (Carabao) Manila super mango. Thailand grows many varieties. These include Nam Dok Mai (NDM), Chokanan, Nico, Savoey, Okrong, Nang Mangwan, Thong Dam, Falan. In Thailand, [...]

Precision Farming is the Future of Food Production

We are all familiar with rice, oil palm, rubber and durian. Rubber is grown for rubber latex, which finds wide use in thousands of products that have served us all well. Lately, rubber gloves, in high demand due to the pandemic, have emerged as a big money-maker. The export of rubberwood furniture has earned big bucks for the country. One estimate has put the income from rubberwood furniture as more than RM10 billion. The oil palm is the nation's golden crop, bringing in around RM80 billion each year. Although about 80 per cent of palm oil end up as food, a [...]

China’s demand for Durian not effected by Covid-19

China has emerged as a saviour for the durian industries in Thailand and Malaysia throughout the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, with solid demand and import growth continuing even throughout lockdowns despite earlier pessimistic predictions. The durian industry was predicted to take a bad hit when the pandemic hit earlier this year, especially for the world’s largest durian exporters Thailand and Malaysia due to labour shortages, logistics interruptions, and most crucially a drop in demand from China which is the largest durian-importing country globally. Recent data has however revealed that even a global pandemic has not managed to curtail China’s appetite for the [...]

Malaysia Durian Market Update

(Kuala Lumpur, September 15, 2020) Malaysia expects durian production to pass 440,000 tonnes by 2030 and plans are being made to maximize the fruit’s potential. Malaysian authorities have forecast the country’s durian production is expected to increase to 443,000 metric tonnes by 2030. According to a report from the Malay Mail, Khalid Ibrahim, marketing and export division secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI), said the projection is based on 2019 data, which saw Malaysia record 72,536ha of durian cultivation and production of 384,170 tonnes. Khalid said export demand has and would continue to drive the industry’s growth. He [...]

The Health Benefits of Drinking Agarwood Tea

It seems that the famous celebrity, Doctor Oz, got us all thinking about the benefits drinking of green tea, and so, a ton of little-known herbal teas were brought into the forefront of the media, due to their slimming and detox properties. Some of these natural loose leaf teas may be new to us in North America, but they are not new, in any sense of word, to the world around us. One such herbal tea is the virtually unheard of agarwood tea leaves. While it is a predominant force in Asian medicinal and spiritual practices, not too many of us [...]

DHL Malaysia Launches Next Day Durian Delivery to Hong Kong and Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8: Durian business owners can now take advantage of exporting the king of fruits abroad, particularly to Hong Kong and Singapore through DHL Express Malaysia's Durian Express initiative. In a statement, the international delivery service provider said it aims to help durian business owners meet the overseas demand spike, which guarantees next-day delivery in less than 24 hours. "The service also demonstrates our longstanding commitment to the Malaysian small and medium durian farming community, as we continue to help them look beyond our shores and realise their growth potential,” said DHL Express Malaysia managing director Julian Neo. With [...]

Musang King Durian Demand is Increasing

Demand for Musang King Durian investment has skyrocketed this decade as more and more international consumers have gotten familiar with what we regional call the "King of Fruits". Since 2010, Musang King Durian has been one of the fastest growing markets in the world, with imports rising 26% annually. ​China's demand for Musang King Durian has been astronomical but demand is also being driven by consumers throughout all of Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Durian is now the new starlet of the food and beverage industry with manufactures and retailers driving unique product innovations and marketing within the sector. [...]