Thai rice fair yields satisfying outcome, say gov’t officials

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BANGKOK, 5 April 2015  – The overall outcome of the concluded The ‘Thai Rice: Thainess’ fair concluded with a satisfying trade value by 7 million baht, according to an official statement during the closing ceremony. 

The Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry Chavalit Chookajorn, and the Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister Renu Tunkachivangoon presided over the closing ceremony of the ‘Thai Rice: Thainess’ fair, organized by the government to promote the variety of Thai rice and provide opportunity to farmers.

The Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister said that this event concluded with a satisfying outcome. The 1-month run fair has seen about 46,000 visitors and generated a trade value of almost 7 million baht.

The event has also been a stage for trade negotiations between farmers and private companies, while rice strains from 20 farmers have been selected to be placed on sale at the Makro Samsen shopping center on 6-30 April 2015.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry said that this event had successfully raised the awareness on the importance and value of Thai rice, and also demonstrated the dedication of farmers among the public.

He said that it was his desire for Thai rice to be recognized further on the global stage, while the outcome from this event will be further presented at the cabinet’s meeting.

He also added that the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the related agencies will organize the fruit fair at Klong Phasing Krung Kasem, the same location as the rice fair, in May.