'Magsasaka Siyentista' shares durian vacuum packing can prolong preservation
By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata

MANILA, Nov. 3 (PNA) -- A "Magsasaka Siyentista" (MS) said vaccum-packing technology will not just prolong durian's shelf life, but will also address its oversupply during peak season.

Severino Belviz, who got his MS title from Southern Mindanao Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMARRDEC), noticed that while consumers and tourists enjoy durian's peak season in Davao, some farmers suffer from the oversupply.

Due to the huge surplus, some farmers sell durian fruit for only PhP10-20 per kilo.

He said that vacuum pack technology could keep the fruit's juice intact, and also keeps the odor contained. As such, the technology makes durian more suitable as "pasalubong" for tourists.

Belviz noted that vacuum packed durian must be kept frozen to preserve the fruit longer.

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) acknowledged that with a longer shelf life, vacuum-packed durian could enable farmers to sell the fruit throughout the year and not just during peak season.

Furthermore, farmers would only need to spend for plastic and electricity in vacuum packing.

Meanwhile, other technologies in durian packing, like putting in in microwaveable containers, helps in prolonging the shelf life but does not preserve the fruit's quality according to PCAARRD. (PNA)

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