The export of premium durians to China is expected to jump to "triple-digit" by end-2019, following the signing of the frozen whole fruit durians export protocol with the economic giant. Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Sim Tze Tzin said the optimism was based on the fact that more local companies were dealing with China for the export of the fruits and were positioning themselves to target the largest durian market in the world.
"Malaysia has just secured the right to export our frozen whole fruit durians to China. This means China is very keen on our premium whole fruit durian. And, I think we are ready to export them," he said this Friday.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub and China's General Administration of Customs Minister Ni Yuefeng signed the protocol in Beijing in August. Subsequently, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group entered into a strategic cooperation with a local durian supplier for the export of frozen whole fruit premium grade 'Musang King' to China.
As reported by dailyexpress.com.my, earlier, Malaysia only exported durians in the form of pulp and paste to China.