BANGKOK, 24 June 2011 – The Ministry of Commerce is organizing the Cost of Living Reduction Fair from today to 27 June in Samut Prakan province, hoping to help cut people’s living expenses by 35-40 million THB.
According to Director-General of the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) Vatchari Vimooktayon, the department has kicked off the 3rd Cost of Living Reduction Fair today at the space in front of the Samut Prakan City Hall and the event will continue until 27 June. The objective is to ease Thai people’s burdens from the high cost of living and provide agriculturalists with more trade channels.
Within the fair, there are more than 400 booths offering a wide range of products, including rice, eggs, pork, chicken, vegetable oil, sugar and fresh produce, at the price cheaper than in the market by 20-40 percent. Prepared meals are also sold at 25 THB per dish while the Blue Flag food cart sells them at only 19 THB per dish.
The DIT expects around 150,000 shoppers in the event, generating 80-100 million THB in total sales and reducing people’s expenses by up to 35-40 million THB. After this, the fair is scheduled to be held two more times within Bangkok and its vicinities and another 315 times in other provinces.