Getting durians to consumers


There are various council initiatives to help orchard owners deliver durians to the public in Penang.

DURIAN lovers, do not fret about missing your favourite treat during the latest movement control order as the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has arranged various ways for traders to sell the king of fruits.

The council is inviting durian traders and farm owners to do online business through its Jom Beli Online (JBO@MBPP) platform.

It is also inviting them to rent its stalls to sell the fruits at public markets and complexes.

Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said a total of 74 outlets were available on a first come, first served basis to traders at a minimum charge of only RM85 per week.

A durian store in Balik Pulau which had to close down during the first movement control order last year.A durian store in Balik Pulau which had to close down during the first movement control order last year.

“Traders and orchard owners can choose to run a hybrid business, ” said Yew during an online press conference.

“They can go online through JBO@MBPP as well as join other council initiatives such as Business From Farms, Business From Shops and Business From Stalls.”

Those interested can join the initiatives by registering via https://jbo.mbpp.gov.my/.

The council has upgraded its JBO@MBPP platform in an effort to help small-time traders engage in online business.

A roadside stall hawker selling durians in George Town a few years ago. Now sellers have an online alternative.A roadside stall hawker selling durians in George Town a few years ago. Now sellers have an online alternative.

Yew said the platform, which was introduced last year during the first movement control order, received a good response.

“MBPP saw that traders were willing to change and go digital to continue business in the new normal.

“So to further enrich and strengthen the online platform, we introduced four categories which are food and beverage, market output, general goods and seasonal fruits.”

Yew said the JBO@MBPP platform would be promoted through the council website and Facebook page that has more than 120,000 followers.

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