Brace for 100% durian price hike

JASIN: Durian fans, especially those who love premium varieties like Musang King and Black Thorn, will have to deal with an expected 100% price increase during this year’s durian season.

Deputy Agriculture and Food Industry Minister I Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said the price hike was due to a 50% drop in durian production due to weather conditions.

“We believe that the rainy season at the end of March to April impacted the pollination of durian, which impacts the number of fruits.

“We expect this factor will result in a drop of 50% in total production in some states,” he told reporters at the Aidilfitri Open House here yesterday, reported Bernama.

Besides weather, increased fertiliser and labour costs have also affected the production of the King of Fruits.

Prices for the Black Thorn variety are expected to exceed RM100 a kilo while Musang King will be priced around RM60 to RM80 a kilo, depending on grade, compared to RM30 to RM40 a kilo previously.

Ahmad also said the ministry did not impose a limit to control the price of durians as it depended on production and supply.

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