According to the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), a lower-than-normal yield is forecast this durian season. The yield for Malaysia might be below 300,000 tonnes. This would be due to that nation experiencing high rainfalls and farms lacking manpower support because of the Movement Control Order, Fama said in a statement.
Additionally, the prohibition of communal activities as the country battles against Covid-19, was set to pose some challenges to the industry. However, despite the slow global economy and all the challenges, Fama expects 2020 to be an optimistic year for the durian industry.
"Most durian sellers foresee demand to remain strong domestically and internationally especially from the Singaporean and Chinese markets with China's economy beginning to recover,' Fama said. "Malaysians may not be able to enjoy it by the roadside this year but consumption will remain strong in line with their love for durian," it added.
Fama noted a new and interesting trend as its platform had organically attracted durian farmers from across the country as they bring their offerings of D24, Musang King, XO, Hor Lor, Udang Merah and more online.