A high demand for durian can be found across the
country, but farmers say it is too difficult to grow.
Efforts by the Ministry of Agriculture and other
non-government agencies to convince farmers to up the production of the pungent
fruit have failed.
Durian is a round, spiky fruit savored by many Cambodians
and distinguishable, they say, by region. It is banned on public transportation
for its strong odor.
moves into durian season, farmers say the difficulties growing the fruit
outstrip the reward.
"Now, growing durian is not popular anymore, because it
provides little product and most of the durian tree suffer from illnesses and
die, so a lot of my villagers now they cut durian trees to grow rubber trees,"
Kong Soth, a farmer in Kampong Cham province, said.