The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority has assured that there will be no durian surplus in Penang this year, amid the total lockdown under the Movement Control Order. Deputy director-general (Operations), Mohamad Mustahapa Awang, said FAMA had initiated a number of measures to assist durian orchard owners and traders to market the durians nationwide and also for export.
Theedgemarkets.com quoted him as saying: "From our observation, the current durian output in Balik Pulau is increasing and expected to reach its peak at the end of this month and the season to end in early August. In Penang, the durian orchards are concentrated in Balik Pulau, covering 2,538 hectares and the expected output this year is 8,212.50 tons.”
He said the initiatives taken by FAMA included providing controlled fresh markets for the fruit and marketing services at the agency’s 984 outlets across the country for direct selling of durian.