THE Thai Ministry of Commerce said the high demand from China for durians had actually saved Thai durian farmers from suffering the sluggish economy due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Chinese appetite for Thai durians remains strong despite the pandemic and weak global demand for goods, said the ministry.
The ministry’s latest figures indicated that Thailand exported US$567.29mil (RM2.4 trillion) worth of durians to China in the first four months of 2020, up 78% year-on-year.
In 2019, Thailand exported 1.46 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of durians to overseas markets, a rise of 54.6% from the previous year, with China and Aesan nations accounting for 98% of export volume.
“Before the Covid-19 crisis, Chinese merchants already visited the Thai durian farms and have placed direct orders before the start of the annual harvest season,” Auramon Supthaweethum, director-general of the Ministry’s Trade Negotiations Department, told Xinhua.
Auramon estimated that 2020 will see total durian production in Thailand at 900,000 tonnes, with 85% of them exported. — Xinhua
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