Durian harvests off to a good start in Cambodia, 2018

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Durian harvests off to a good start in Cambodia, 2018

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon May 21, 2018 8:13 pm

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Durian lovers rejoice: harvesting season is upon us
21 May 2018
Harvesting season has just started for one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic fruits: the durian.

With heavy downpours expected all throughout this rainy season, farmers say yields of the fruit this year will be higher than usual, but not enough to meet vast local demand. As a result, durian will continue to fetch a high price across local markets.

Durian is an acquired taste. Some compare its foul-smelling flesh to the aroma of mouldy socks and rotten eggs, but for fans it is the ‘king of fruits’. In Phnom Penh, they are often sold by the roadside and along the pathways that connect the city to the plantations.

Currently, a kilogram of Cambodian durian sells for about 2,500 riel ($6.25), according to Srey Mom Fruit Shop, a well-known store in Phnom Penh.

“Customers always want to know where their durian is coming from. They are demanding locally-grown fruits,” an employee at the shop said, adding that this year the price of durian will be slightly higher than last year’s.

Durians sold at her shop come from Stung Hao district in Preah Sihanouk province, she said.

Traditionally, durian season runs from May to the end of July, sometimes lasting until early August. The fruit is mostly planted in Kampot and Kampong Cham provinces, with a few plantations also in Koh Kong and Ratanakkiri, according to officers at the Ministry of Agriculture.

Chan Rithy, director of Kampot’s Provincial Agriculture Department, said the cultivation area for durian continues to increase every year in line with demand.

“Now it’s just the beginning of the harvesting season, so the price is quite high, but it is likely to go down when all plantations are fully harvested,” he said, adding that a kilogram of the fruit in markets across Kampot now sells for 25,000-30,000 riel ($6.25-$7.5), compared to last year’s 23,000 riel ($5.75).
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Re: Durian harvests off to a good start in Cambodia, 2018

Post by AndyKK » Tue May 22, 2018 4:08 am

Extract from above.

Currently, a kilogram of Cambodian durian sells for about 2,500 riel ($6.25), according to Srey Mom Fruit Shop, a well-known store in Phnom Penh.

I had to look twice! I thought I was paying too much :) Typo mistake.
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Re: Durian harvests off to a good start in Cambodia, 2018

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed May 15, 2019 7:41 pm

A smaller durian harvest is predicted for 2019, due to the hot weather.

May 15, 2019
Durian yields to decrease
Durian production in Kampot and Kampong Cham provinces will decrease this year due to unfavourable weather conditions, according to the provincial agriculture departments.

Hean Ngon, deputy director of Kampot’s agriculture department, said production will not be as high as last year.

“The weather is too hot this year, which is not good for growing durian,” he said. “Durian needs colder weather to grow properly.”

However, he said demand for the fruit remains strong. “After the harvest, many merchants placed the orders and we quickly sold out,” he said.

Mr Ngon said the fruit now sells for between 22,000 riel ($5.5) to 25,000 riel ($6.25) per kilogram. This is higher than last year, when it sold from 18,000 riel ($4.5) to 20,000 riel ($5), he noted.
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Re: Durian harvests off to a good start in Cambodia, 2018

Post by davegorman » Wed May 15, 2019 10:00 pm

Different varieties different prices.
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