Malaysian Durian Prices May Increase Due to Exports

It’s really quite tragic that some of the best Malaysian fruit gets sold internationally and the locals get stuck with either none to enjoy or high prices for domestic product. This has happened already with bananas, where the premium bananas are exported to Singapore, here we’re stuck with only two basic varieties.

I hope that this does not happen with durians, where we may now have to fly to China to enjoy the best fruit. It’s just more money going out of the country than coming in… Wouldn’t it be better if we could similarly promote for the tourists to come here instead? Then they can enjoy the durians in our local environment!

Thursday May 12, 2011
Durian prices set to soar with exports to China

PUTRAJAYA: Prices of local durians are expected to shoot up once Malaysia begins exporting the King of Fruits to China, said Chinese ambassador Chai Xi.

He said his country was expected to import the fruit in huge volumes following Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Malaysia last week.

Malaysian fruits have been barred from entering China since 2003 following a deadlock in talks over market entry, and China imports durian from Thailand at present.

Chai said China, which has a population of 1.3 billion, imported goods in vast quantities.

When met at the Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry here yesterday, he said he was confident Malaysian durians would be popular in China, and quipped that there would be enough supply for Malaysians.

Chai was at the ministry to receive, on behalf of Wen, some 200 durians as a special gift from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The durians were presented by Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

Wen, during his recent visit, announced that China was interested to import durians from Malaysia.

Chai said it was up to the Malaysian authorities to work out the import procedures with their counterparts in China.

“I believe many Chinese are looking forward to eating Malaysian durians as it is said to be more varied compared with Thailand’s.

“I have worked in Thailand for 10 years and I know Malaysian durians taste better,” he added.

Noh said ministry officials would make the necessary arrangements to meet the Chinese authorities immediately over importation issues.


3 thoughts on “Malaysian Durian Prices May Increase Due to Exports

  1. this sucks, I quit. Having to deal with brain drain is tolerable. I can deal with the stupid drivers, but durian-drain crosses the line of acceptability… we might as well go to Singapore.. or Guangzhou, where we know we’ll be supplied with grade “A” mau-sang-wang: soft but not too slimy, sweet but with just a hint of alcoholic bitterness, and unashamedly stinky. Time to buy that one-way AirAsia ticket so we can fly with the durians and get the hell outta here

    • Hello Eugenio!

      I hope that this new export policy will spur good durian production in Malaysia and certainly keep current farms in the business. One of the questions I ponder is why the many varieties of Durian are not available in Thailand, and whether this is because the export of Durian is limited. Perhaps with this new export policy, we’ll see some Asean competition to Malaysian Durians as they’ll be able to get their hands on the varieties and grow them in other neighboring countries. Well, all remains to be seen what happens in this market! In the meantime, enjoy it while it lasts…

      Stinky Happy Always,

  2. A friend forwarded your blog to me. I must say this is so awesome!! To have a blog dedicated to durians??? WOW! 🙂 I’m excited to read more of your posts!

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