The current prices of durian in the Mekong Delta have fallen up to 50% against early last month, and are poised to drop further because the fruit is in season now. Surveys at orchards in Tien Giang Province and Can Tho City show that the fruit is selling for VND90,000-VND140,000 (US$3.82-$5.94) at the garden gate, down from VND170,000-VND190,000.
A durian grower in Can Tho stated she is selling one kilogram of durian at VND90,000, nearly half of the price she asked early last month. The current prices are the highest compared with the same period of previous years, durian growers said, adding that they make profits of VND0.8-1 billion from each hectare of the fruit tree.
The Tien Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the price of durian, in season from March to May, will further decline in the near future. The province has some 20,000 hectares of durian with an expected total output of nearly 300,000 tons.
[ VND100 = €0.0040 ]