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Lockdown in China stinks for Thai farmers

With no ending in sight in regards to lockdown in China, Thailand has been told it must source raw materials from other countries if it is to survive causing a stink in the farming industry. Thailand’s manufacturing industry and supply chains continue to bear the brunt of lockdowns in China’s major cities.

China is the nation’s largest supplier of raw materials and the spread of the ongoing Covid-19 Omicron wave has shut down the major shipping hubs on the mainland and paralyzed the industry.

Shanghai, Guangdong, Fujian, Shandong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu are responsible for 72.6% of all the mainland’s exports to Thailand, six cities with extraordinarily high infection rates.

Thailand is highly dependent on China for the exports of chemical products, electrical appliances, rubber, paper, wood, and especially fertiliser.

China’s fertiliser exports to Thailand expanded by 34.9%, 1,275% and 68.4% in the first three months of this year, compared with the same periods of 2021, while organic chemical shipments saw year-on-year declines of 44.9%, 31.5% and 43.5% for January, February and March.

Fertiliser companies are suffering because of the increasing rise in production costs. In Q1, the global price of finished nitrogen averaged US$833 per tonne, up 162% year-on-year, which caused the wholesale price of fertiliser in Bangkok to increase to 20,185 baht per tonne, a year-on-year rise of 149%.

The decline in fertilizer exports and its increasing costs has hit the farming industry hard. And study by National Economic and Social Development Council reveals a disruption to exports is set to continue.

“Thai manufacturers in those categories may have to speed up sourcing raw materials from other countries,” says NESD secretary general Danucha Pichayanan.

Source Bangkok Post

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Bob Scott is an experienced writer and editor with a passion for travel. Born and raised in Newcastle, England, he spent more than 10 years in Asia, mostly in China. He worked as a sports writer in the north of England and London before relocating to Asia. Now he resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is the Editor-in-Chief for The Thaiger English News. With a vast amount of experience from living and writing abroad, Bob Scott is an expert on all things related to Asian culture and lifestyle.