shares durian vacuum packing can prolong preservation
By Ma. Cristina C.
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
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
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
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)