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Filipino durian vendors struggle with low sales - despite high prices

Although durian prices remain high during, some Filipino vendors are struggling. At the Magsaysay Fruit Stand and Bankerohan Public Market, the average price is at P90 per kilogram (kg) and can be as high as P120/kg for premium varieties like the puyat. Other varieties, like muntong, are priced from P70/kg to P80/kg.

Many vendors blamed the high prices on the poor harvest and bulk buying from Chinese industrial plants that bulk-buy most of the durian harvest, further limiting the local supply. One vendor said his income has been quite steady for the past week. However, he said this is very low compared to the year 2019, the year when the Kadayawann was expanded into month-long celebration.

During the usual harvest season, prices of durian can go as low as P40/kg to P50/kg at Bankerohan Public Market and around P80/kg for premium variety at Magsaysay Fruit Stand.

[ P1 = €0,018 ]


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