Thailand’s ban on chicken egg exports extended due to expanding demand
Chicken eggs consumption in Thailand
upsurges in March.
BANGKOK, March 30 (TNA) -- Deputy Prime
Minister/Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit extended a ban on the export
of chicken eggs for 30 days and allowed the Public Health Ministry and the
Interior Ministry to manage the distribution of surgical masks.
Jurin Laksanawisit extends the export ban that ends on March 31 for 30 more
Mr Jurin, in his capacity as chairman of the government
committee overseeing product and service prices, said his previous ban on
chicken egg exports would end on March 31 but the local shortage of chicken
Therefore, he said, he extended the ban for 30 days and
that the ban would be lifted when the shortage ended.
Thailand produces 41 million chicken eggs a day and its
daily export amounted to up to 1 million.
Mr Jurin also said that the government was buying 2.3
million surgical masks from local producers a day. The Public Health
Ministry took 1.3 million masks for distribution to hospitals. The Interior
Ministry distributed 1 million other masks to provincial governors who would
then forward the products to those in need in their provinces, Mr Jurin
Thailand will have enough farm products for daily consumption
The Secretary-General of
the Office of Agricultural Economics, Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs reassures
that Thais that they will have enough farm product to consume during the
increasing demand period.
BANGKOK- The Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives has taken measures to ensure there are no shortages of
agricultural supplies and jobs for workers who have been affected by the
The Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural
Economics, Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, said the country’s agricultural sector
has the capacity to produce adequate produce, such as rice, seafood,
livestock, palm oil, cassava, coconut and sugarcane, throughout the year.
About 41 million chicken eggs are produced each day, while people in the
country consume 40 million eggs daily. There will be no shortage of eggs,
and the country can still export some eggs, if there is the demand.
The Office of Agricultural Economics has coordinated
with the Department of Livestock Development, the Department of Fisheries
and the Department of Agriculture to distribute agricultural produce to
The Department of Agriculture has worked with
provincial agriculture and cooperatives offices and district-level agencies
to provide agricultural knowledge to farmers and workers who have returned
to their home provinces. A total of 882 Agricultural Productivity Efficiency
Increasing Learning centers, and its network of more than 10,000 partners,
are working to support local farmers.
They are working closely with the Ministry of Commerce,
the Ministry of Interior and security agencies to help distribute
agricultural produce, such as fruit from the eastern provinces, to different
regions. They have integrated their work with the Federation of Thai
Industries (FTI), the Thai Chamber of Commerce and provincial chambers of
commerce to facilitate the distribution.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has
assured the public that there will be no shortage of agricultural produce in
Thailand, and that the ministry has prepared measures to help farmers
affected by the COVID-19 crisis. (NNT)
Thailand suspends egg exports as hoarding continues in COVID-19 panic
BANGKOK – Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin
Laksanawisit announced suspension of egg exports for seven days to safeguard
He said Thailand can produce 40 million chicken eggs
per day normally but the increased demand by 2-3 times in the past few days
due to Covid-19 panic buying and hoarding have caused the shortage of eggs.
The ministry has issued an announcement to temporarily
ban chicken egg exports for seven days, put into effect today.
The ban will be extended, if eggs are still in short of
supply, he said.
The commerce ministry also works with the Department of
Livestock Development to ensure the implementation of the ban on egg
Jurin said his ministry would control the egg prices to
stay around 3.30 -3.50 baht per egg and would take legal action against
shops, selling eggs in scarce supply at inflated prices.
Violators face a maximum seven years in jail and/or a
maximum fine of 140,000 baht, he said. (TNA)
Thailand cancels April lottery draw, possibly back in May
BANGKOK- The board of the
Government Lottery Office (GLO) puts off its next lottery draw from April 1
to May 2 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
GLO chairman Patchara Anuntasilpa said the next lottery
draw was rescheduled at 2.30pm-4pm on May 2 at the GLO to help contain
COVID-19 and promote public safety.
However, the reschedule could later change, depending
on situations, he said.
Mr Patchara said that GLO would not sell lottery
tickets for April 16 and May 2 draws and would refund money as soon as
possible to those who had reserved April 16 lottery tickets on March 20-21.
The disease situation prompted the GLO board to look
into the possibility of lottery sales through vending machines that would
reduce human-to-human contact. The board ordered the GLO management to study
the possibility and ways to protect conventional lottery vendors, Mr
If the outbreak continues for more than a few months,
the normal operations of the GLO could be obstructed, he said. (TNA)
Thailand launches mobile consumer products at affordable prices during ‘lock down’
BANGKOK - While the government
continues to ask members of the public to stay home to help contain the
spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Ministry of Commerce
has launched a caravan of Blue Flag vehicles to sell and deliver numerous
consumer products at affordable prices right to people’s homes.
From today onwards, mobile grocery trucks are
delivering consumer products from major fresh markets to various
communities, with support from the Department of Internal Trade. The markets
include Minburi Market, Si Mum Mueang Market, Bang Yai Market and Samrong
Market. The mobile grocery trucks are selling fresh food and other goods as
part of the Blue Flag value scheme, such as large to medium-sized eggs at 90
baht per pack of 30, instant noodles at 5 baht per packet, palm oil at 40
baht per bottle, canned fish at 11 baht each, two kilograms of rice for 55
baht and 30 milligrams of hand sanitizers at 25 baht each.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister, Jurin
Laksanawisit, said today that 200 Blue Flag vehicles are involved initially.
They will travel to communities in Bangkok and neighboring provinces. Their
sales will be assessed daily. Other vehicles will be added, if there is high
demand. The Blue Flag grocery trucks will ensure that the market situation
remains stable. At present, many vendors are selling their products online
and offering a delivery service.
Mr. Jurin said he will hold a meeting with operators of
traditional and online supermarkets, delivery companies, such as Line Man,
La La Move, Food Panda and Grab as well as owners of community shops and
Smart groceries tomorrow. They will discuss the problems and challenges that
need the government’s help, as more stringent measures are expected,
following the invocation of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in
Emergency Situations tomorrow. (NNT)
Thailand approves cash handouts for COVID-19 affected workers - April to June
BANGKOK - The Thai government
has approved a set of remedial measures including cash handouts for informal
worker for three months as part of a THB200 billion package to ease the
impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitakthis week
announced the phase 2 of stimulus measure approved by the cabinet. The
first stimulus package was rolled out by the government on March 10.
Informal workers including temporary employees and
freelancers, who are affected by the spread of novel coronavirus will
receive the 5,000-baht handout.
The handouts are expected to begin on April 1 for about
three million temporary employees, contract employees and self-employed
individuals who are not covered by the social security system, according to
The money will be handed out via direct transfers or
through electronic wallets from April to June, said Somkid.
In addition, THB40 billion has been allocated for soft
loans to this group of people, Somkid said. They would not need to provide
guarantees in order to receive the emergency loan of THB10,000 per person.
The Cabinet on Tuesday also approved a proposal to
defer the filing of income tax and payment deadline for the 2019 fiscal year
from June 30 to August 31 in order to give taxpayers more time to manage
their cash flow, added Somkid. (TNA)
Myanmar workers travel home before Thailand’s border closure activates
TAK, Chiang Rai – Thousands of stranded Myanmar workers have flocked
to cross the border at Tak’s Mae Sot district on the second day of the
lenient period to allow all of migrant workers to return home before the
temporary closure of the border checkpoints.
Thai and Myanmar officials in Tak and Myawaddy agreed
to extend the opening of the checkpoints amid the strict screening for
Covid-19 by the two countries.
A large number of Myanmar workers, carrying their
belonging and waiting in long queues to cross the border in hot weather. A
man fainted, prompting officials to give him first aid.
In Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, Myanmar workers are
travelling home at the border checkpoint to Myanmar’s Tachileik but it is
not as crowded as on Monday.
Meanwhile, in Sa Kaew province, the Ban Klong Luek
border checkpoint in Aranyaprathet has closed after all stranded Cambodian
workers returned home. (TNA)
Royal Thai Police closed Malaysia, Myanmar borders on COVID-19
BANGKOK - Police seriously closed the border with Malaysia and
Myanmar adjacent to five southern provinces to contain the coronavirus
disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police,
said that from 12am on March 23 immigration police closed southern border
crossings in Songkhla, Satun, Yala, Narathiwat, and Ranong provinces. People
of all nationalities including Thai were not allowed to cross the border.
The measure, however, spares cargo trucks passing
through some border checkpoints and only one person is allowed on each
truck, he said.
Immigration police and local authorities were
thoroughly checking people on cargo trucks passing the border, Pol Col
Cargo trucks were allowed to cross border at Sadao
checkpoint in Songkhla, Wang Prachan checkpoint in Satun, a permanent
checkpoint of Betong district in Yala, the permanent checkpoint in Sungai
Kolok district of Narathiwat, and the Ranong-Kawthaung permanent checkpoint
in Ranong. (TNA)
Migrant workers stranded at Thailand’s border checkpoints
BANGKOK - Several thousands of migrant workers were stranded at
border checkpoints that were closed on Monday and local officials were
lenient on some locations.
In Chiang Rai province, more than 400 Myanmar workers
turned up at the border checkpoint in Mae Sai district as Thailand started
to close its border.
The workers arrived at the border checkpoint from
Bangkok and other provinces and their number was growing. Understanding
their necessity and difficulty, immigration police allowed them to cross the
border at specific times.
About 10,000 Thai people who worked in Tachileik border
town opposite Mae Sai district returned to the Thai soil yesterday.
In Sa Kaeo province bordering Cambodia, about 300
Cambodian workers arrived at the Ban Klong Luek border checkpoint in
Aranyaprathet district to return to Cambodia. Most of them said they could
not go back to work because they already quit their job. Local officials
were discussing possible solutions for the people with the Interior
In Tak province bordering Myanmar, about 1,000 Myanmar
workers arrived from greater Bangkok and overcrowded the border checkpoint
at the second Thai-Myarnmar friendship bridge. They were carrying belongings
including TVs, refrigerators, fans and audio devices. Security officials
showed up to keep order. Local officials let them cross the border today. (TNA)
Bangkok people flock to buy goods after closure of risk places announced
BANGKOK- People have been
visiting shopping malls to buy food after the Governor of Bangkok announced
the closure of risk places for 22 days.
After Gen. Atsawin Khwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, has
resolved to close shopping malls and markets throughout Bangkok to prevent
the Covid-19 epidemic spreading for a period of 22 days from March 22-April
12, 2020, except for supermarket zones, pharmacies and take-away
A large number of people flocked to buy needed items
from many shopping malls in Bangkok. Most of the purchased items were dry
food such as rice, oil, instant noodles, canned fish, chicken eggs, drinking
water, and toilet paper. There was traffic congestion near shopping malls in
The staff of the shopping malls disclosed that they
have accelerated coordination with the head office to add products,
especially consumer goods and fresh food to meet the demand. The number of
staff members has also been increased to better serve the customers.
Meanwhile, Pol Col Phongsakorn Khwanmuang, Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration Spokesman, posted a message on his Facebook fan
page saying that there is no need to hoard products and calling on them not
to forward a message that markets and shopping malls are closed because it
will cause panic. He said the BMA has only ordered closure of venues where
people gather. He has called on people not to hoard food because they can
still buy food from restaurants, while markets and shopping malls can still
sell food and necessary items. (NNT)
Social Security measures for both employees and employerson Covid-19
BANGKOK- To cushion the economic
impact of Covid-19 epidemic, the Social Security Office (SSO) has launched
assistance measures for both employees and employers.
Mr. Sutthi Sukosol, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
of Labor (MOL) and Social Security Committee Chairman, said employees who
are insured will be entitled to 50 percent of monthly pay in the event of
unemployment due to force majeure. This compensation will be paid for a
maximum of 180 days per year.
Insured employees working for government agencies which
order a suspension of work will be entitled to 50 percent of monthly pay for
a period not exceeding 60 days from March 1, 2020, onwards.
The SSO has also agreed to reduce financial
contributions by both employees and employers into the Social Security Fund
from five to four percent for six months with an extension of the deadline
for financial contributions by both employers and employees who are insured
under Section 33 and 39 of the Social Security Act for the wages of March,
April and May 2020 for another three months. Those insured who are infected
with Covid-19 virus will be provided with the best treatment according to
the prescribed medical standards.
Workers who are members of the fund are entitled to
compensation of 45 percent of monthly pay in case of unemployment from
resignation for a period not exceeding 90 days, and compensation of 70
percent of monthly pay in case of forced unemployment for a period not
exceeding 200 days. The enforcement shall be effective for a period of two
years. The SSO will expedite the enforcement as soon as possible. (NNT)
Thai Govt. seeks Covid-19-freefood delivery standard in ‘Work from Home’ trend
BANGKOK - The government has 20 food delivery firms guarantee
disease-free services and vows to prosecute those who fail to comply, in a
bid to contain the novel coronavirus.
Prime Minister’s Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop who
supervises consumer protection sealed an agreement with the companies
including Thailand Post, Kerry, Line Man and Grab, in which the operators
promised to prevent their services from transmitting diseases amid concerns
on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.
“The operators are ready to follow policies of the
government and support the idea for people working at home in the wake of
the Covid-19 spreads as many people are ordering food deliveries. This is to
prevent disease transmission to households and restaurants,” Mr Tewan said.
He said there were about 100,000 deliverymen. The
operators who were convened at Government House agreed to do their best to
keep food deliveries hygienic. Deliverymen would wear face masks and gloves
The operators were well cooperative and the government
was ready to exercise consumer protection laws to discipline violators, Mr
Tewan said. (TNA)
Bank of Thailand tells banks to help debtors as COVID-19 hammers economy
BANGKOK (NNT) - The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is
taking a toll on the economy, including debtors who might have their revenue
reduced. The Bank of Thailand has urged commercial banks to provide
assistance packages and prepare for the next stage of the pandemic.
The Bank of Thailand’s Governor Veerathai
Santiprabhob said on Thursday that financial institutions have
collectively helped refinance some 30,000 clients, amounting to 234
billion baht in total, after the Bank of Thailand issued a refinancing
promotion policy on 28th February.
Financial institutions have offered a pause in
principle payments, interest rate cuts, and an extension of the payback
period. Some banks have set up special centers such as One Stop Service
centers to serve affected clients, and have offered schemes to help
different groups of clients.
He said the number of clients who have already
received help is considered minimal when compared to the many affected
by the disruptive effects of COVID-19, thus financial institutions
should offer refinancing packages to debtors, especially SMEs and
individual businesses. Banks should prepare contingency plans to ensure
continuous services as the COVID-19 spread escalates, by ensuring that
clients can make cash withdrawals, and the network is capable of
handling the increase in the number of electronic transactions.
The Thai Bankers’ Association’s Chairman Predee
Daochai said member banks are ready to assist affected clients according
to the policy issued in February, by offering a pause in principle
payments, reducing the monthly minimum payment amount, and offering soft
loans in cooperation with the government.
He said affected businesses can reach out to their
banks without waiting to be contacted first, and reassured members of
the public that financial services will not be disrupted by COVID-19.