December 30, 2020


Thailand's retail chains to buy 1,600 tonnes of shrimp to help farmers


Thailand's retail chains such as Makro, Big C, Tesco Lotus, The Mall, Food Land and Villa Market have agreed to buy a combined amount of 1,600 tonnes of shrimp in January and the operators of 24 local stores in 17 provinces would allow farmers to sell shrimp directly on their premises to consumers free of charge, as a recent COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact sales, Pattaya Mail reported.

The Ministry of Commerce is working out quick assistance for shrimp farmers which include the request for retail chains to buy 1,600 tonnes of shrimp.

Wattanasak Sur-iam, director-general of the Department of Internal Trade under the Ministry of Commerce, says the COVID-19 outbreak that was spreading from the Central Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon to many provinces and is affecting the sales of shrimp and seafood.

In response, Deputy Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit last week assigned the Department of Internal Trade to work with other governmental organisations including the Department of Fisheries as well as relevant private organisations to help shrimp farmers.

Wattanasak adds that standards for the production of Thai shrimp had been in place for a long time and people could be rest assured that they were safe for consumption.

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