Durian costs drop as a result of shock bumper crop, reversing earlier projections

Durian costs drop as a result of shock bumper crop, reversing earlier projections

SINGAPORE — Regardless of earlier projections of a scarcity of durians from Malaysia that might trigger costs to extend, a shock bumper crop and hard competitors have resulted in costs dropping by as a lot as S$7 a kilogram.

Six out of seven sellers approached by TODAY on Friday (June 17) mentioned that they’ve lowered their costs to draw prospects.

Mr Zen Ho, who’s accountable for Durian Empire in Punggol, mentioned that higher climate circumstances in Johor for the previous two weeks have resulted in a bumper crop.

On the identical time, durians from Pahang have arrived sooner than common.

“We thought the following crop of durians from Pahang would are available in July, however the rain there brought about the durians to drop earlier. So whereas there’s a scarcity nonetheless from Pahang, there are some coming into Singapore similtaneously these from Johor, so there’s extra provide total,” he mentioned.

With extra provide obtainable, Mr Ho mentioned that his suppliers have decreased their costs and he’s passing on these price financial savings to his prospects. 

Mao Shan Wang, a preferred durian kind, would sometimes retail for greater than S$25 a kilogram, however Mr Ho mentioned that his costs can be between S$18 and S$21, relying on his suppliers within the subsequent two weeks.

“Pahang Mao Shan Wang can be costlier, about S$20 to S$23 a kilogram, as there are fewer durians,” he added.

“It’s onerous to say if this can final in July as a result of the climate can change in two weeks and have an effect on provide, identical to how we thought there can be a scarcity.”

Over at Holland Drive, a bountiful harvest of durians in Muar, Johor has allowed fruit retailer Durian on Wheels to promote its Mao Shan Wang at S$17 a kilogram.

Ms Jill Tan, who works on the retailer, mentioned that the costs will fluctuate as a result of it is dependent upon the suppliers, however it is going to be cheaper than costs throughout the earlier season earlier this yr. “We offered our Mao Shan Wang for between S$23 and S$28 a kilogram then,” she added.   

“We’ve been capable of order all of the various kinds of durians, like pink prawn and D24, and all their costs are decrease as a result of there’s harvest in Muar.”

She mentioned that Durian on Wheels has acquired two enquiries from corporations who need to host company durian events.

Mr Lim Wei Chun, a employees member of Sam Fruit Buying and selling at Geylang, mentioned that because the season has simply began, it’s onerous to inform how costs will change within the coming days. 

Nonetheless, he mentioned that the shop has ordered extra durian provide for the weekend as they anticipate better demand.


Over at Toa Payoh, 4 durian sellers informed TODAY that the stiff competitors has pressured sellers to maintain costs down.

“We simply opened for the season, so we have now to promote cheaper to draw prospects,” Ms Steph Wang from Evergreen 178 mentioned.

Mr Ang Ka Seang, supervisor at Hong Heng Fruit Buying and selling, whose durians have been going for as little as S$10 for 3, mentioned: “There’s additionally extra competitors as a result of individuals can simply go to Malaysia now.”

Different sellers in Toa Payoh additionally mentioned that with extra on-line choices to purchase durians, they must be aggressive with their costs.

The low costs have enticed individuals similar to actual property agent Jennifer Foo, who had been in Toa Payoh for work.

“The costs listed here are low cost, too,” Ms Foo mentioned, declining to disclose her age.

“I simply ate durians final night time at a store close to my residence in Pasir Ris and it was additionally three for S$10. Possibly I’ll get extra later.”

Madam Suzanah Yusoff had simply watched a TikTok video concerning the durians on sale in Geylang and wished to fulfill her craving because the durian season will get going. 

“It’s about S$5 cheaper than once I beforehand ate in January… and it’s actually good this season, so positively I’ll be again for extra,” the 48-year-old administrator mentioned.

Mr On Fock Wing, a 62-year-old daycare driver, was additionally in Geylang consuming durians together with his spouse to rejoice her birthday.

“I drove round and appeared on the costs and whether or not the durians have been good at every retailer earlier than settling with this one,” he mentioned, including that he had offered durians in his 20s.

“Costs are clearly costlier than once I used to promote them, however my spouse and I like durians an excessive amount of… we simply completed our ninth durian.”

On-line, e-commerce website Shopee is giving freely 300kg of durians at Plaza Singapura mall from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday. It will likely be giving freely 65 trays of durians every hour on a first-come, first-served foundation, Shopee mentioned.

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