Between June and August each year, durian orchard owners in Balik Pulau, Malaysia, would normally rake in huge profits. However, following the implementation of the nationwide total lockdown starting yesterday, these orchard owners may face huge losses if they cannot find ways to market their produce.
One durian grower in Sungai Pinang said he had invested more than RM120,000 on quality fertilizers and care for his durian trees last year, hoping for a better yield this season. He added that he was not alone because most orchard owners had invested large amounts on the maintenance of their durian trees. Before the movement restrictions, durians from his orchard would be marketed in nearly every state in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in Kuala Lumpur.
A fellow trader said she and her husband were forced to market the fruits from their orchard to Sungai Dua as demands are higher there, adding that due to the 10-km movement restriction, durian lovers could not buy the fruits directly from the orchard owners in Balik Pulau which could lead to an oversupply of durians in the next two weeks.
“I am grateful to the government for allowing traders to operate, but we had to resort to various ways to promote the durians, including making online sales and hiring delivery riders to send durians to buyers," she told theedgemarkets.com.
[ RM1 = €0.20 ]