Wet weather hits local durian yield

GEORGE TOWN: Durian lovers in Penang will be able to enjoy the king of fruits this season although only 10% of the supply are from Balik Pulau. The rest are from Taiping and Gopeng.

Durian seller Ayub Saiidin, 41, said orchards in Balik Pulau were having a small harvest this month due to the heavy rainfall in February. This had caused the durian blooms to drop before the tree could bear fruit.

“We have only an average of 20 durians from the local orchards while the rest are from Taiping and Gopeng,” he said.

He said the season for the local orchards would end in April and resume in June.

“The harvest of local durians will last for only a few weeks. We can expect a bigger harvest from June,” he said.

Ayub said most of his customers preferred the Balik Pulau durians for their unique flesh and flavour.

He said variants such as the Hor Lor were selling for RM28 per kilo and the Ang He for RM25 per kilo.

In comparison, the kampung durians from Taiping and Gopeng are priced at RM8 per kilo, while the D24 variety from the two places is sold at RM15 per kilo.

Another durian seller in Jalan MacAlister, who only wanted to be known as Ah Teik, 53, said only 10% of his durians were from Balik Pulau, while the rest came from Taiping.

“The price of Hor Lor and Kunpoh Angbak ranges from RM30 to RM50 per kilo depending on supply and size, while the kampung durians from Perak are priced between RM7 and RM8 per kilo,” he said.

Ah Teik, who has been selling durians for more than 30 years, said the price of Balik Pulau durians was high due to limited supply and the rainy spell.

“But we hope that with a better harvest in June, customers can enjoy durians at a lower price,” he said.

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