Farmer’s Guide With Mugenyi Joseph: Here Is What You Need To Know About Durian Fruit Growing

Farmer’s Guide With Mugenyi Joseph: Here Is What You Need To Know About Durian Fruit Growing

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By Mugenyi Joseph

Durian is an edible, nutritious, sweet and creamy fruit which forms one of the best juices.

This fruit is mostly grown in Asian countries and is very rare in Uganda.

Durian Fruit

Durian which is also referred to as the `king of fruits’ is described as the most foul-smelling fruit in the world. It resembles a jack fruit in appearance though spherical and thorny. Its fruit and leaves are used as medicine for some diseases like malaria, swelling, high blood pressure, fever, parasites, skin diseases etc.

This fruit which live for 80-120 years is said to be rich in man power (sexual desires).

Harvested Durian Fruit

Growing Tips.

– Prepare the land

– Get the seeds and plant them in a while of 50cm deep and a spacing of 8-12m apart. Close spacing will make thinning hard for a farmer in 8-10 yrs after planting.

– Water the seeds, you are advised to plant the seeds in a rainy season.

– Do weeding for a healthy growth

– Apply fertilizer twice a year

– Mulching can be done to keep the soil moist

– Prune the plant.
Here you remove infected and excess branches and immediately burn the infected branches.

– You can inter crop the durian garden for two years with annual plants like bananas (mostly used to provide shade to the plant), paw paw etc.

– Fruit thinning:- remove excess and deformed fruits.

– Tying of fruits to prevent them to fall. A mature durain fruit can weigh 2-3kg which makes it heavy to be hold by the plant.

– Propping:- tie heavy branches to others for support

– Harvesting is done after 4-5 years in a sunny season.

Durian Juice

When mature, the fruit;

– Turns yellow-green or brown

– The fruit emits a strong aroma

– Has a dull and hollow sound when tapped

– Durian has got a high international market

Mugenyi Joseph (MJ Farmer) is a senior agronomist and agribusiness entrepreneur based in Kibiito. He can be reached on 0788741353. Email: mugenyijose@gmail.com.

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