(File pix) Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Musang King durians will be given QR Codes to ensure their authenticity. Pix by Halim Salleh

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will soon introduce the utilisation of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to identify and differentiate Musang King durians from other varieties.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Musang King durians will be given QR Codes to ensure their authenticity.

He said the “trace visibility method” through the RFID has been used for the distribution of swiftlet birds’ nests from Malaysia.

“Accordingly, every Musang King durian, as well as other varieties, will be given QR Codes in the future, and the public can scan the code using their mobile phones.

“In China, (where the Musang King is popular), the QR Code will make it easier to identify the durian’s country of origin… and authenticity,” he said in reply to a question from Senator Datuk Abdul Rahman Mat Yasin during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Negara sitting here on Tuesday.

Ahmad Shabery said thus far, 569,087 Musang King trees have been planted on 23,700 hectares of land, out of a total of 66,000 hectares allotted for durian trees nationwide.

The exercise has seen about 1.5 million durian trees of different varieties planted. -- Bernama

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