Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Thai government reassures public: No food shortages

Published

 on 

PHOTO: The Pattaya News

“There will be no shortage of food and goods for domestic consumption, even if a lockdown is implemented, be it for three months, six months or a year.”

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has prompted some outbreaks of panic buying for staple items, but the Thai government is assuring the public there will be no shortages of food. The Office of Agricultural Economics says there will be “no shortage of food supplies,” even if the pandemic forces the government to impose stricter measures to curb transmissions.

OAE secretary-general Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs says food production currently stands at 60% of total capacity, and that the agency has discussed the situation with the Commerce Ministry, the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trade of Thailand. They will ensure there are no shortages of food supplies and essential goods if a lockdown is imposed.

“The production of key agricultural products like rice, fishery products, meat products, palm oil, cassava, coconut and sugarcane will not be affected by Covid-19.”

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on has ordered state agencies to ensure the entire food supply chain, including logistics, operates efficiently and increases distribution channels via e-marketplaces.

Minister Chalermchai says the pandemic may bring about an increase in rice exports, as many countries will need to shore up their stocks

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime3 hours ago

Angry woman sets fire to her boyfriend’s Pattaya room

Thailand4 hours ago

Explore Thailand’s least visited city in the South!

Pattaya4 hours ago

Newborn baby found in Pattaya trash can

Sponsored2 days ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Crime4 hours ago

Poll examines sexual violence causes, definitions

Drugs5 hours ago

Four members of drug gang arrested in Nakhon Si Thammarat

North East5 hours ago

Military mum calls for justice over slain son

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism6 hours ago

Why aren’t tourists returning to Khao San Road?

Crime6 hours ago

A burglar, in a hole, in the roof, in the night

Drugs6 hours ago

Drug policy outlines by PM, cash rewards to police in busts

World Cup7 hours ago

World Cup to be shown in Thai prison

Economy8 hours ago

UK exports to Japan slump after ‘landmark’ free trade deal

Thailand9 hours ago

Try These Weird Thai Foods… If You Dare

World1 day ago

Thai gangs traffic Kenyans to Myanmar scam factories

South1 day ago

Deep South emergency decree extended 3 months

Thailand1 day ago

Why Is Thailand So Cheap?

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending