The outbreak of special circumstances has boosted the demand for Thai durians in China. This is evidenced by China importing 537.6 million euros of durians from Thailand starting in the first four months of this year.
From January to April this year, durian exports from the Southeast Asian country to China increased by 78.05% year on year, according to Thailand's Ministry of Commerce. Exports of frozen durians to China also increased during the same period last year.
Panuwat Maikaew, the chairman of the Thai Durian and Mangosteen Exporters Association, said demand for fresh and frozen Thai durians has continued to grow this year due to the popularity in the Chinese market, and the outbreak has failed to affect supply chains.
Steady growth in demand has raised the price of durians exported this year to between 3.78 and 4.41 euros per kilo, from 2.31 euros last year, he said.
Thailand's Monthong durian variety accounts for about 80 percent, along with other 20 percent durian varieties such as Chanel, Kanya, Kradum, and Puang Manee, Panuwat said.