In Thailand, the durian season has begun. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has disclosed that a large volume of durian has been booked online since the beginning of summer.
According to a survey of durian sales in Chanthaburi, Rayong and Trat, the best quality durian has been sold to Chinese dealers direct from the plantations at an export price higher than the price of durian supplied to the domestic market. Chinese dealers began buying up durian in the middle of last month.
Meanwhile, the Grade A and Grade B durian are supplied to department stores in the country for 115 to 130 baht (€3.20-3.62 ) per kilogram, the Grade C durian for 90 baht (€2.50) per kilogram, while mixed grades of durian sell for 120 baht per kilogram. Premium durian sells for 135 to 140 baht per kilogram while ungraded durian which is distributed throughout the country sells for 85 baht per kilogram.
Booking of durian on Facebook and Line has increased in volume with quality guaranteed and delivery by Thailand Post and private transport firms, thus raising the price for durian growers above normal market prices.