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Royal Project outlet shop opens in Phuket City

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PHUKET CITY: Phuket residents can help improve the lives of some of Thailand’s poorest citizens by purchasing products from ‘Thung Ngern Thung Thong’, a new store that opened in Phuket City on Saturday.

Thung Ngern Thung Thong, which translates as ‘bag of silver, bag of gold’, is the first-ever store in Phuket with permission from the Office of the Royal Household to sell products made by His Majesty The King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Royal Development Projects.

Products, including honey, canned and dried fruits, drinks and other snacks, are made by poor farmers and hilltribe people in the North of Thailand.

The produce comes from HM The King’s Royal Chitralada Agricultural Projects and Royal Projects in the North made under the Doi Kham brand.

Theerayuth Naveekarn, the store’s Phuket-born manager, said he was proud to be promoting products made by the Royal Project Foundation.

“Customers can be sure that if they purchase these products the money they spend will go to the foundation and to the farmers, especially the hilltribe people in the North,” he said.

Store assistants would be on hand to explain the background of the products, while leaflets providing the same information would also be available. Royal Projects currently produce more than 100 different high-quality products, he said.

The store will initially stock only processed products, but its product line will expand in the future, he said.

Rattanawut Watcharothai, Director of public relations and promotions at the Office of the Royal Household, was the guest of honor at the store’s opening ceremony.

“He suggested we stock smoked pork, which is HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s favorite,” Mr Teerayuth said.

“He was also concerned that the advertising wasn’t widespread enough,” he said. “I’m thinking of building a website for the store.”

The Royal Projects were established in 1966 following HM The King’s efforts to provide hilltribe people with alternative cash crops to opium, which was widely cultivated in Northern Thailand at the time.

The projects have four specific goals: to ‘offer a helping hand to all mankind’; to preserve watershed areas and forests; to eradicate opium cultivation and opium addiction problems; and to encourage appropriate utilization and conservation of land and forest resources.

His Serene Highness Prince Bhisatej Rajani serves as Chairman of the Royal Project Foundation.

Thung Ngern Thung Thong is located at 430-434 Phuket Road, about 50 meters from the Bang Niew Intersection.

Mr Teerayuth can be contacted on 083-644 9159 or by email at: hs8apm@hotmail.com.

— Sitthipong Nongkaew

 

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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