Newleaf Plantation Bhd, a major exporter of durians, plans to meet an expected increase in demand from China by expanding its acreage by more than 400ha within the year.
The company currently has only 20.2ha of the premiere varieties Musang King and D24 in its plantation in Raub, Pahang.
Managing director Kenny Wan said the objective was to meet a demand for more Musang King durians from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Newleaf Plantation Berhad researched and developed an automated selection system to further improve the product quality of the durian. Each tree in the durian plantation is marked with an identifier that the system can scan. The system then displays detailed information with regard to the durian variety, the amount of fertilizer and water the tree received, its record of plant disease, and the time of harvest. Employees immediately know whether a tree requires additional fertilizer or water, etc. This system has greatly improved efficiency in our plantation and helped us save on labor cost.