The Thai newspaper Sing Sian Yi Pao recently reported a statement made by Ms. Rachada Thanadirek, a spokesperson for the Thai government. She announced that the Department of Trade and the Department of Agricultural Cooperation have implemented the following measures to counter the decline in Chinese imports of low-priced Thai longan:
1. To invest in the development of the domestic market. Farmers, wholesale traders, and agricultural processing factory owners have singed agreements to support the retail of longan in distribution points throughout the country, including FlagFah Shops, Fruit Mobile Cars, and Gas Stations. This agreement covers the supply of more than 80,000 tons of longan to more than 1,028 shops.
2. To provide a longan product management fee of 3 Thai baht [0.09 USD] per kg to the six provinces that produce longan. This agreement covers a volume of 15,764 tons.
3. To purchase longan directly from farmers, agricultural cooperations, and community enterprises, and deliver the fruit directly to processing factories. This initiative covers a volume of 8,600 tons.
4. To promote fruit export with a subsidy of 5 Thai baht [0.15 USD] per kg. This agreement covers a volume of 60,000 tons.
5. To cooperate with the Thai postal service for the provision of packaging boxes and postal services, free of charge, for farmers and online buyers of longan. This initiative includes 200,000 boxes. Farmers can approach their local chamber of commerce for support.
In addition to these five initiatives, the previous moratorium on Thai longan in the Chinese market has been lifted for all Thai longan that meet the hygiene standards. The Thai Department of Trade has already drawn up a new plan to promote Thai longan sales in 12 Chinese cities, including Wuhan, Kunming, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, as well as four states in India, including West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana.
Ms. Rachada also said that prime minister Prayut is closely involved in the longan issue. He hopes that the Department of Trade and the Department of Agriculture will work closely together with farmers, retailers, wholesale traders, and exporters to solve this issue.
Source: Fruit Critic