DIT urges consumers to turn to freshwater food, as seafood prices rise

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BANGKOK, 3 July 2015 – The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has advised consumers to buy more freshwater foods, now that the prices of seafood have begun to increase.

DIT Director General Boonyarit Kalayanamit made the comment after his inspection in Samut Sakhon province.

His advice came after fishing operators decided to stop fishing in protest against the government. The DIT Director General assured that frozen seafood in the market should be enough to meet demand for the next several months.

The Ministry of Commerce will not force seafood suppliers to keep prices down, saying that price fluctuations are normal throughout the year. 135 freshwater food manufacturers have been told to increase their supplies of freshwater food in the market, in anticipation of greater demand.