BANGKOK, 31 October 2011 – Low-priced chicken eggs put up for sales by the Commerce Ministry were quickly snapped up within minutes.
The sale of 100,000 fresh eggs, which was due to begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, had to start 15 minutes earlier as hundreds of buyers formed a long line two hours before the schedule at Or Tor Kor Market in Chatuchak area.
Each customer was allowed to buy no more than 30 eggs, each of which was sold at three THB. The campaign came after complaints of egg shortages which were blamed on transport problems caused by the floods. Starting October 30, about 100,000 eggs are put on sale at low price daily at the market in a move to relieve shortages.
The Commerce Ministry, Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL and Betagro will join hands to dispatch mobile Blue Flag units to offer food staples to consumers at flooded areas until the situation returns to normal.
The Commerce Ministry has also decided to import three million eggs from Malaysia which will arrive in the country today and will be distributed to retail stores nationwide.