|Durian purchased by traders and waiting to be packed and shipped to China in Tiền Giang Province. Photo vnexpress.net|
TIỀN GIANG — Durian is being purchased by traders in Mekong Delta region for VNĐ150,000-190,000(US$6.4-8.1) a kilogramme, three times higher than the same period last year and the highest level ever.
The reason for the high price of durian is that durian is still off-season and supply is low. Meanwhile, strong demand is coming from the Chinese market as well as domestic markets.
Huỳnh Tấn Lộc, director of the Ngũ Hiệp Durian Co-operative in Tiền Giang Province’s Cai Lậy District, said the prices of the fruit have increased sharply since the beginning of this year.
The country’s largest durian producing province has more than 17,000ha of the fruit, mostly in the Cai Lậy, Cái Bè and Châu Thành districts and Cai Lậy Town.
The orchards have an average yield of 20-25 tonnes per hectare and farmers harvesting now can earn VNĐ1-1.5 billion ($43,000-64,000) per hectare, the highest of any speciality fruit, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
But their output is not large because it is the off-season, it said.
Trần Minh Kha, a trader from Cần Thơ City, said after a week of buying durian in Tiền Giang, he still did not have enough quantity to meet demand as the price of his inventory continued to increase every few days.
Nguyễn Thị Hạnh, a trader from HCM City, said that she has had to pay a commission fee for brokers who can help her buy durian.
"This is the first time I pay commissions for brokers. However, there are still not enough durians to supply my partners," she said.
Every day, she can only buy about 16-17 tonnes of durian while the demand is up to hundreds of tonnes, Hạnh said.
In 2022, durian export turnover was at nearly $400 million, and of that, $300 million to China.
According to the Việt Nam Fruit and Vegetable Association, Vietnamese durian has many competitive advantages in the Chinese market. Both Thailand and Philippine durian exports are seasonal, while Vietnamese durians have year-round exports.
In addition, the distance to transport durian from Vietnam to China only takes about one and a half days, which ensures fresh fruit and cheaper shipping costs than competitors' goods.
Currently, the price of Vietnamese durian sold in China is still much cheaper than Thailand and the Philippines durian, so it is popular with the majority of people in this country. – VNS