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Thai berry-pickers from Sweden and Finland have returned home after striking the jackpot during the prime picking season. The Thai labourers have reportedly earned almost 800 million baht in the last 3 months. Thailand’s Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin says the workers arrived back today and were happily not empty-handed.

“Today, 895 Thai labourers returned home via Suvarnabhumi Airport, 365 of them from Finland and 530 from Sweden. They had been working there since July during the berry-picking season. Since October 1, 3,270 Thai labourers have returned from these countries (689 from Finland and 2,581 from Sweden) where they got paid around 80,000 baht per month, or total earnings of almost 800 million baht.”

Suchart says sending such labourers overseas is one of the ministry’s missions after PM Prayut set out to promote the skills of Thais in international markets to assure the world of Thailand’s Covid-19 prevention efficiency. That mission saw almost 5,300 Thais landing in Sweden and Finland for work. After the berry-picking season ended, Thai labourers are trickling back into the country until October 23.

He says that those Thais returning home are being screened and transported to alternative state quarantine or organisation quarantine facilities for a mandatory 14 day stay.

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

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    Ynwaps

    October 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    800 million baht is what a company can ask that can automate the whole process.

    “Suchart says sending such labourers overseas is one of the ministry’s missions after PM Prayut set out to promote the skills of Thais in international markets to assure the world of Thailand’s Covid-19 prevention efficiency.”

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    Toby Andrews

    October 10, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Well is there any chance of Swedish fruit pickers being allowed into Thailand.
    Of course not. The Thais want to be treated as needing special treatment because they are supposed from the third world and entitled, yet any foreigner tries to work in Thailand, even running his own business and they are arrested.
    What is this dictator tyrant talking about promoting the skills of Thais – they are picking fruit!!

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      Michael Wallentin

      October 17, 2020 at 12:07 am

      @Toby Andrews – Will those Swedish fruit pickers then be happy with the maximum of 300 THB a day, which you resently stated was more than enough for Thai people……Guess not.
      What I do guess, based on your many, many negative comments about Thailand, that you don’t even live or have ever visited Thailand 🙂

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    Albert Zweistein

    October 11, 2020 at 2:54 am

    How come the heavy work in Thailand is done by Birmese/Cambodians and not by the “skilled “Thai men ? And who pay for their quarantine ?

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    WillyWally

    October 11, 2020 at 11:26 am

    That’s much better pay than I make after living in Thailand for decades.

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    RR

    October 11, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    I wonder where these alleged swedish berries are going. Most of berries sold in central europe comes from south america. strange economy

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      Scandi

      October 12, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      They are picking wild blueberries from forests.Blueberries grow only near artic circle and are mainly used in nordic markets.Lot is also sold in Japan.

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        RR

        October 14, 2020 at 6:01 am

        The blueberries I buy are from Peru, which is not near arctic circle. There are varieties of wild blueberry also from south american countries along the andean mountians.

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    Ling

    October 15, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Are they talking before or after tax earnings? What will they say when they realize that half of their monthly payment €2200 actually is held back and goes to the Swedish/Finish tax and social security system?

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    Scandi

    October 15, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    In Finland picking forest berries and selling them is tax free for everybody.

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    Jj

    October 17, 2020 at 11:53 am

    They are picking Blueberries, Cloud Berries and Lingonberries. from forests and northern swamp areas of Rinland.
    There are lot of different blueberries species this is Northern European one. In Finland berries are used by local food industries and sold
    directly to consumers. And no we dont have robots to pick up berries from forests and these berries are not planted either.
    Even someone invents robot 😉 that need permission from land owner to be used.
    In Finland anyone can go any forest to pick up berries without land owner permission.

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