PENANG: This year’s harvest of teochew kum in China is likely to produce smaller and lower quality fruits due to the current rainy spell there.
However, a check with several dealers revealed that consignments of mandarin oranges, being imported into the country for the coming Chinese New Year celebrations, would not be affected.
A dealer, who declined to be named, said though the rain would affect the quality of the fruits, those for export would have to meet a certain criteria.
“The producers will ensure that the fruits meet a certain criteria before they are packed for export,” he said.
Giving an assurance of adequate supply, the dealer said there might even be a glut because “Malaysia is a very small market”.
Another dealer, who also declined to be named, concurred saying: ”Expect to get smaller teochew kum as rain is affecting Guangdong Province’s Shan Tou district which produces the oranges,”he said.
To make up for the shortcomings, the dealer said he would be importing more lo kum, which is supposedly juicier and sweeter.
Suiwah Corporation Bhd, which is importing 60,000 cartons of lo kum, has been informed by their suppliers that the supply of teochew kum would drop.
Its general manager Yee Kam Ming said suppliers had attributed the drop to the rainy spell, adding that the teochew kum was being imported only for certain customers.
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