16 Apr '16, 11pm

Durian growers left high and dry

Durian growers left high and dry

Tools Increase Text Decrease Text Reset Text Print Article Ghazalie, 45, looks at a durian that fell after three months due to the extreme heat. — Picture by Marcus Pheong KUALA KANGSAR, April 17 — Durian growers in Perak are experiencing hard times as their trees have stopped yielding the normal number of fruits and they have blamed it on the extreme hot weather. Several villages in Padang Rengas such as Kampung Batu Bantal, Kampung Kuala Dal and Kampung Padang Assam, which are famous for their abundant harvest of durian kahwin (mixed species), are expecting to see a 50 per cent drop in their yield this season. Durian farmer Chong Ah Kim, 53, said almost half of the trees he planted are dying. “The hot weather and the absence of rain are taking a heavy toll on my trees. If the trees die, it will not only affect my livelihood this year but also the coming years,” he said. ...

Full article: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/durian...

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