By Surasit Singprasert
Durian lovers are invited to Nonthaburi Durian Festival and enter auctions of durians whose money will be donated to buy medical equipment for hospitals.
Last year, the highest bid for a Kan Yao durian was Bt800,000 and the total raised by the auction was Bt2.89 million.
Nonthaburi durians are well known for their unique taste.
The authorities joined hands with the private sector in hosting the festival until Monday.
The auction will be held on Saturday from 5pm onwards. Nine durians will be sold at auction and officials have cut down four durians in preparation for the auction.
The festival will be used as a platform to preserve the plants under the guidance of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, generating income for durian planters as well as to promote tourism in the province.