SERIAN: The much-awaited collection, processing and packaging centre (CPPC) for durians at Tarat near here is expected to be operational this November.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this will benefit the many durian planters in Serian Division as November is also the time of the year when the durian fruiting season in the division is believed to be at its height.
“Durian farmers can then sell their surplus fruits at the centre,” said Uggah yesterday.
Uggah, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, earlier visited the CPPC yesterday morning to check on the progress of its upgrading work.
The CPPC in Tarat is sited at a facility which used to be Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) Plant.
He said it was vital for the CPPC to have international standard processing facilities and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification to allow the state to export durian paste straight to China.
Uggah said Sarawak targeted to sell 200 tonnes of durian paste to China in the coming season.
“So far this year we sold 100 tonnes to the same country and the demands from China are always increasing,” he added.
State Agriculture Department director Dr Alvin Chai and his deputy Ngap Dollah accompanied Uggah during the visit.