Agriculture ministry expedites help for northern longan farmers

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BANGKOK, 3 August 2014  – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is urgently tackling the problem of longan price drop caused by early harvest in eight northern provinces. 

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives Chaowalit Chukhachon said longans from the eight northern provinces during this period were small in size and sold cheaply after the farmers hastily harvested their produce. The ministry had instructed provincial agricultural offices to help the farmers as well as entrepreneurs of barn-dried longans, Mr Chaowalit said.

The ministry also helped by urgently distributing the produce to other regions and encouraging consumers to eat longans, the official added. Large longan vendors were asked to set prices appropriately without hurting the farmers.