17 Apr '17, 11am

Demand for Malaysian durians in China may mean fewer, costlier fruit for Singapore

SINGAPORE: Durian lovers here may have to fork out more to get their hands on the king of fruit, with Singapore sellers reporting that Malaysian farmers are exporting more of their harvest to China and Chinese tourists buying the fruit at the Malaysians farms they visit. As competition for durians increases, prices have risen steadily, said Ms Lilian Teo, 60, who has been selling durians for five years. She runs a shop with her father at the junction of Albert Street and Short Street near Little India. “They (the suppliers) are exporting to China, so we get less supply, and it’s more expensive,” she said. For example, the Musang King, or Mao Shan Wang durian, was selling for S$8/kg five years ago. Last year, that almost doubled to S$15 per kg, she said. Currently, fruit shops here are selling their supplies from Pahang at about S$28 per kg at the tail end of the current se...

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