The durian prices have remained stable but the industry is foreseeing a looming 40 percent drop in sales as the Corona-virus is showing no sign of easing down soon.
According to City Agriculture's Office (CAO) durian council in charge Lorna Alderite, the supply is still limited since it is not yet the season of the fruit. However, the durian farmers are expecting it to surge.
"We expect good production and harvest for Kadayawan. Namulak na ang mga durian for the July to October season (The durian trees already have blooms for the July and October season).”
But small farmers would likely suffer from the decline in the local demand due to the implementation of community quarantine in the city. This would cause their income to fall by about 40 percent as they also expect a drop in prices. Still, durian farmers are optimistic that the health crisis would mellow down soon.