China's huge appetite for Thai durians remained strong and undiminished by the Covid-19 pandemic as evidenced by the country importing €537.6 mln worth of durians from Thailand in the first four months of this year.
According to Thailand’s Commerce Ministry, the Southeast Asian country’s durian exports to China from January to April this year grew 78.05 per cent year-on-year. The export of frozen durian to China during the period also increased in the same period last year.
Durian and mangosteen Exporter Association of Thailand chairman Panuwat Maikaew said the growing demand for Thai durian, both fresh and frozen, remained promising this year due to its remarkable popularity in the Chinese market and the Covid-19 pandemic has failed to break the supply chain.
He said the steady growth in demand for the “King of Fruits” has pushed up the price of exported durian to between €3.78 and €4.41 per kg this year from €2.31 to €3.18 per kg last year.
Panuwat said Thailand grew about 80 per cent of the Monthong variety of durian, also known as “Golden Pillow” in Thai due to its thick flesh, creamy with a mild sweet fresh and moderate smell, and 20 per cent of other varieties of durian such as Chanee, Kanyao, Kradum, and Puang Manee.