Singapore has seen an abundant supply of durians from Malaysia, which has led to lower prices this season. This came as a surprise, after projections last month indicated that the erratic weather has caused a slowdown in the production of the fruits across the causeway.
Indeed there has been lower yield in some producing areas. However, weaker demand from China as well as fruits from different states ripening at the same time have led to more fruits being exported to Singapore currently.
Durian consultant Lim Chin Kee said the supply from different states is usually staggered during the whole year, but Johor and Penang durians are now coming on to the market at the same time: “The harvest is almost happening at the same time, and this is causing a higher volume now. It is a good time for consumers now.”