Footage shows a durian market in Thailand today (May 25) as data showed that exports of the fruit to China have surged – despite the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy.
The popular fruit – known for its distinctive small – has become highly sought after in recent years following supply agreements between the two neighboring governments.
Adhinand Indrapim, from the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Shanghai said durian exports from Thailand to Jiaxing fruit market in China had increased more than 10 per cent with a total export value of around 200 billion baht (43,700 million Yuan) this year.
He said the rise came from increased co-operation between the two countries to improve hygeine and qualitie of the fruit shipments.
Adhinand said: ‘Jiaxing fruit market has long been regarded as China’s leading importer of Thai durians.’
Suthee Thongyam, Governor of Chanthaburi province, added: ‘Our durian farmers always grow durians with extra care to ensure a high quality standard and hygiene. I think this was the main reason why Thai durians were very popular among Chinese consumers.’
Officials said the production capacity of Durians in Chanthaburi province is expected to reach around 326,050 tonnes this year. Current wholesale prices of Durians for exports stand around 90-130 baht per kg. this week.