Bangkok, 26 January, 2016 – Manila The Thai tourism industry has reaffirmed its commitment to the ASEAN goal of building an integrated community based on the slogan: “One Vision, One Identity, One Community.”

BANGKOK – The Department of Mental Health has assured that there is no reason for panic if people follow the government’s recommendations for public health. 

BANGKOK- The Prime Minister has told farmers and the general public to conserve water ahead of the dry season this year.

The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that even though there are contingency plans, no one should remain complacent. Many farmers have continued to grow rice against the government's recommendations. However, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority has insisted there will be enough water for household consumption.

In Roi-Et province, Governor Anusorn Keawkangwan has instructed local officials to prevent farmers from growing off-season rice. Yasothon Dam, which supplies water to the province, reportedly has 53% of capacity remaining, which is only enough for household consumption and alternative, drought-tolerant crops.

In Lampang province, the Water Resources Region 1 Office has set up a water treatment center at a General Buddhist Scripture School in Mueang district to provide drinking water to monks, novices and local residents.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:23

New electricity dam to be built in Kanchanaburi

BANGKOK – The Cabinet has approved the construction of a new hydro-electric powered dam in Kanchanaburi by the Ministry of Energy, expected an annual electrical production capacity of 90 million units. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 13:53

Commerce Min: Prices of consumer goods stable

The Ministry of Commerce says prices of consumer goods remain stable ahead of Chinese New Year.

Revealing after its inspection at Happy Land Market in Bang Kapi district, the Department of Internal Trade under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce said prices of most products are still stable. Its survey found that pork is sold at 150 baht per kilogram, the same exact price offered in the previous week.

BANGKOK,The Public Relations Department (PRD) is hosting a news anchor training program at its headquarters with 69 news anchors from various government sectors attending. 

BANGKOK- The Ministry of Science and Technology will host an academic seminar entitled ‘GEOINFOTECH 2016’ from February 3 – 5 for scientists in relevant fields to share their knowledge.

Science and Technology Minister Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj said the seminar will be held at Queen Sirikit Convention Center. GEOINFOTECH 2016 is aimed at inspiring those working in geographic information systems to further their research and technology.

There will also be a computer software competition for program developers in geographic mapping and data analysis. The highlight of this year’s event will be the speeches by experts in digital economy.

Topics include the internet's relevance to the improvement of global navigation satellite systems, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in land surveys and mapping, as well as the operation of the ‘THEOS-2’ satellite.

Dr. Pichet claimed it is also important for every industry to go online, as the Thai economy also depends on online accessibility.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:04

Gusty winds cause damages on fruit orchards

CHANTHABURI – Fruit growers in many provinces have reported extensive damages on their farms due to the impact of strong winds while assistance is being distributed by local authorities.

The cold, breezy condition across the country during the past couple of days has affected agriculturalists in many areas. Local authorities have encouraged them to implement measures to protect their crops and livestock from potential damage.

Many durian growers in Mueang district of Chanthaburi are rushing to collect their fruits from the trees earlier than usual as a precautionary measure. Damages on fruit orchards as well as residences have already been found in seven districts of the province. Officials from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and other related agencies are currently conducting damage assessments and providing initial assistance to the affected.

Meanwhile, in Saraburi, residents who make a living from fish farming on the Pa Sak River claimed that the drastic decline in temperatures has caused their fish to stop eating. Officials from the Provincial Office of Fisheries have visited the farmers to provide them with useful advice, urging them to pay close attention to their fish during this period.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:03

Drought in Northeast growing more severe

Nakhon Ratchasima – The drought situation in the northeastern region has increased in severity with 10 districts of Nakhon Ratchasima now in dire need of water.

Authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima have had to send out 6 water trucks carrying over 36 thousand liters of water to aid residents affected by worsening drought conditions in the province. A total 10 districts have reported major impact from the situation with as many as 60 thousand households feeling the effects of the water shortage. Local administrators have exhausted 50 million baht in enacting measures such as water dispersion and canal dredging to alleviate the plight of residents.

The second army infantry in Yasothon province has contributed to efforts to clear northeastern waterways of plants and debris to aid in the flow of water to needy areas.

In Roi Et province, authorities have been dispatched to dissuade the planting of rice to make sure limited water supplies are not exhausted.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:02

2015 Thai export growth makes 6-yr record low

BANGKOK - The Ministry of Commerce has reported that Thai export growth in 2015 made a 6-year record low mainly due to the sluggish global economy and decreasing oil price.

Mr.Somkiat Trirattanaphan, a Ministry of Commerce director, said the value of 2015 Thai exports was 214 billion USD or a -5.78% negative growth. It was the lowest in six years since 2009 when the export growth was -14.3%.

The director added that lower exports such as oil products, chemicals and plastic resin led to overall drop in industrial products and decreasing agricultural product prices.

However, the director said the 2015 Thai export growth contracted less that the global average. Thailand's competitiveness was not lower despite the export contraction since the country still maintained its market share in important markets, said the director.

Thailand's top exports like automobiles and parts have a tendency to increase. The ministry therefore maintains the 2016 export growth target at 5%

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