A meeting of officials concerned was held Wednesday at the chairmanship of Rayong deputy governor Thirawat Sudsuk at the provincial hall to brief them of how to check the quality of durian, to distinguish the ripe from unripe durian.
Apart from the field inspection of vendors selling durian, the deputy governor said that the provincial administration would also launch publicity campaign of the need of quality control to convince customers.
In Trat province, Mr Wanchai Charoenchai, Khao Saming district agriculture chief, said a campaign had been launched to urge durian growers not to cut unripe durian for sale.
A durian exporter, Mr Kosol Bunyapanya, said that the selling price of Mon Thong durian has dropped to 80 baht per kilomgramme from 125 baht a week ago largely due to the fact that there are now more durian.
Also, he said that Chinese buyers have cut back their purchases of Thai durian because they were not sure that they would get quality fruit.
Measures tightened to prevent vendors from selling unripe durian to buyers http://goo.gl/PcSnnuAgriculture officials in Trat and Rayong provinces will step up their inspection of vendors selling durian to make sure that they will not cheat by selling unripe durian to their customers which will hurt the image of the provinces and that of the country.
Posted by Thai PBS English News on Wednesday, 30 March 2016