Online platform boosts sale of durian to China
Export of durian to China has spiked thanks to an online booking platform set up by the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry.
Alongkorn Ponlaboot, an adviser to the ministry, said that though it took nine hours to sell the first lot of 20 tonnes of durian, the second lot of 25 tonnes was snapped up in 45 minutes via the platform.
He said the project was a cooperation between the Agriculture and Cooperatives and Commerce Ministries as well as agricultural cooperatives.
“Farmers and cooperatives will now be able to sell durian at a higher price thanks to the platform, which allows farmers to access buyers directly,” he said.
Alongkorn added that Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on has instructed officials to expand sales to cover other agricultural products.
“The Chinese public and businesses are excited as they now have the opportunity to directly buy durian imported from Chanthaburi,” he added.