PM visits Silpachip-OTOP fair at Muang Thong Thani

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BANGKOK, 13 August 2013 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra visited the 2nd Silpachip- OTOP fair, organized by the Community Development Department during the 10th-18th August 2013.

The event is being held at the Challenger Hall 1-3 at Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province. Mr. Pison Prathanchawano, a deputy director-general of the Community Development Department welcomed and accompanied the Prime Minister throughout her visit.

Mr. Pison said later that the atmosphere at the Silpachip-OTOP fair during the first three days was vibrant, with a large number of visitors. Most of the orders were on gifts and souvenirs. The fair drew nearly 100,000 visitors over the weekend with a sale total of 172 million baht. About 600 million baht is expected throughout the 9-day fair.

The Community Development Department has invited the public to support the fair which is organized as part of the celebrations on HM the Queen’s birthday. The fair combines two events related to local arts and crafts. One is the One-Tambon-One-Product (OTOP) fair and the other is the Silpachip fair initiated by the Bangsai Folk Arts and Crafts Center set up by Her Majesty the Queen to train farming families to make traditional crafts for extra income. The Silpachip- OTOP fair is open from 10.00-21.00 hrs daily until the 18th of August.