The harvest season for tropical fruits in Thailand begins in a few months, with more than 6 million tons of product set to enter the market. The Ministry of Commerce is implementing a set of steps to keep these items’ pricing stable, with the objective of increasing Thai fruit exports by 10%.
Delegates from government agencies, private firms, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, petrol stations, airlines, and financial institutes met in a meeting presided over by Ms. Sansern Samalapa, an assistant to the Minister of Commerce, to discuss 22 measures to stabilize Thai produce prices, as the Ministry of Commerce is working with related agencies on various aspects including manufacturing, domestic and international marketing, and legal matters.
The ministry now intends to achieve Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification for at least 120,000 crops, negotiate advance purchase agreements for 100,000 tons of food, and transport 90,000 tons of produce from farms for a minimal fee of 3 baht per kilogram.
The Ministry of Commerce has also increased its export objective for fresh and processed fruit goods by 10% over last year, to 4.44 million tons.
According to the Directorate of Internal Trade, the Ministry of Commerce last year implemented 18 proactive actions with its partners to solve fruit pricing and export difficulties, resulting in a 44% rise in average pricing across practically all types of fruit compared to the number from 2021.