26 Apr '18, 5am

Durian Crackdown: Thailand to jail farmers who sell unripe stinky fruits

Thailand’s Department of Agriculture Extension has instructed each province to appoint inspectors to ensure that their farmers are selling ripe durians to the market, or face jail time. It’s durian season, and as durians are fast becoming a prime product in China (as Jack Ma recently demonstrated by selling 80,000 durians on his platform in just one minute), the high demand has increased the price of the stinky “king of fruits” to THB110 (about US$3.5) per kilo this year, according to department spokeswoman Daret Kittiyopas. With prices this high, the fear is that farmers may collect unripe durians to keep up with the demand and harm Thailand’s carefully maintained durian standards. The department has instructed the provincial sectors to prevent unripe durians from entering the export market, as well as to educate farmers on the appropriate time to harvest durian. Those wh...

Full article: https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/durian-crackdown-thailan...

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