Over the years the planting of durians in Malaysia has been a fiasco. It takes at least 7 years for a durian tree to bear fruits. For some variety, it may take up to 10 years. Once a durian tree starts to bear fruits, great care must be taken to ensure that the tree remains healthy. The worst is the D24. Especially those in the low flat land, many will die after fruiting once.
Durian trees are easily diseased and need to be sprayed with insecticide and fungicide periodically. Fertilizer is also a must. All these and labor charges cost a lot of money. The price of durians should be not less than RM7 per kg when collected by durian agents for a durian farmer to have any chance to show a profit.
In Malaysia, there are many varieties. The most popular and expensive is the Raja Kunit which originated from Gua Musang in Kelantan. The fruit is also known as the Musang King.
Next in line are the D24, D2, D78, D88, D168, Red Prawn, Tekar and many other varieties.
Malaysian durians are definitely a class above those in Thailand. Whether in taste or in smell. they are better. Once you have tasted the Raja Kunit, you will never like Thailand durians again. However, taste is subjective. Thus some may disagree with me.
China has never allowed Malaysian durians to be imported into China. After the recent visit of the Chinese premier, Wen Jia Bao to Malaysia, things have changed. Among the many agreements between the two countries, China has agreed that Malaysian durians are now allowed to enter China. As China has a vast population that is likely to like durians, the demand and import of the fruits could be tremendous. This will jack up the price and will benefit durian farmers.
Durian is said to be a powerful aphrodisiac. "Sarongs go up when durians come down", is a popular saying among Malaysians.
Lands in Bentong and Raub are suitable for durians. The most popular varieties are the Raja Kunit and D24. Swiftlet farming is also popular in these two districts. If you are thinking of investing in any of the above two activities and need help, you may contact me for assistance. Be assured that I don't charge you anything.
Doing the right thing at the right time yields the most profit. The time to get involved with durians is now.