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Update March, 2020

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Thailand’s ban on chicken egg exports extended due to expanding demand

 Chicken eggs consumption in Thailand upsurges in March.

BANGKOK, March 30 (TNA) -- Deputy Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit extended a ban on the export of chicken eggs for 30 days and allowed the Public Health Ministry and the Interior Ministry to manage the distribution of surgical masks.


 Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit extends the export ban that ends on March 31 for 30 more days.

Mr Jurin, in his capacity as chairman of the government committee overseeing product and service prices, said his previous ban on chicken egg exports would end on March 31 but the local shortage of chicken eggs continued.

Therefore, he said, he extended the ban for 30 days and that the ban would be lifted when the shortage ended.

Thailand produces 41 million chicken eggs a day and its daily export amounted to up to 1 million.

Mr Jurin also said that the government was buying 2.3 million surgical masks from local producers a day. The Public Health Ministry took 1.3 million masks for distribution to hospitals. The Interior Ministry distributed 1 million other masks to provincial governors who would then forward the products to those in need in their provinces, Mr Jurin said. (TNA)

Thailand will have enough farm products for daily consumption

The Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics, Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs reassures that Thais that they will have enough farm product to consume during the increasing demand period.

BANGKOK- The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has taken measures to ensure there are no shortages of agricultural supplies and jobs for workers who have been affected by the COVID-19 situation.

The Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics, Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, said the country’s agricultural sector has the capacity to produce adequate produce, such as rice, seafood, livestock, palm oil, cassava, coconut and sugarcane, throughout the year. About 41 million chicken eggs are produced each day, while people in the country consume 40 million eggs daily. There will be no shortage of eggs, and the country can still export some eggs, if there is the demand.

The Office of Agricultural Economics has coordinated with the Department of Livestock Development, the Department of Fisheries and the Department of Agriculture to distribute agricultural produce to different areas.

The Department of Agriculture has worked with provincial agriculture and cooperatives offices and district-level agencies to provide agricultural knowledge to farmers and workers who have returned to their home provinces. A total of 882 Agricultural Productivity Efficiency Increasing Learning centers, and its network of more than 10,000 partners, are working to support local farmers.

They are working closely with the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Interior and security agencies to help distribute agricultural produce, such as fruit from the eastern provinces, to different regions. They have integrated their work with the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), the Thai Chamber of Commerce and provincial chambers of commerce to facilitate the distribution.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has assured the public that there will be no shortage of agricultural produce in Thailand, and that the ministry has prepared measures to help farmers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. (NNT)

Thailand suspends egg exports as hoarding continues in COVID-19 panic

BANGKOK – Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit announced suspension of egg exports for seven days to safeguard domestic supply.

He said Thailand can produce 40 million chicken eggs per day normally but the increased demand by 2-3 times in the past few days due to Covid-19 panic buying and hoarding have caused the shortage of eggs.

The ministry has issued an announcement to temporarily ban chicken egg exports for seven days, put into effect today.

The ban will be extended, if eggs are still in short of supply, he said. 

The commerce ministry also works with the Department of Livestock Development to ensure the implementation of the ban on egg exports. 

Jurin said his ministry would control the egg prices to stay around 3.30 -3.50 baht per egg and would take legal action against shops, selling eggs in scarce supply at inflated prices.

Violators face a maximum seven years in jail and/or a maximum fine of 140,000 baht, he said. (TNA)

Thailand cancels April lottery draw, possibly back in May

BANGKOK- The board of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) puts off its next lottery draw from April 1 to May 2 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

GLO chairman Patchara Anuntasilpa said the next lottery draw was rescheduled at 2.30pm-4pm on May 2 at the GLO to help contain COVID-19 and promote public safety.

However, the reschedule could later change, depending on situations, he said.

Mr Patchara said that GLO would not sell lottery tickets for April 16 and May 2 draws and would refund money as soon as possible to those who had reserved April 16 lottery tickets on March 20-21.

The disease situation prompted the GLO board to look into the possibility of lottery sales through vending machines that would reduce human-to-human contact. The board ordered the GLO management to study the possibility and ways to protect conventional lottery vendors, Mr Patchara said.

If the outbreak continues for more than a few months, the normal operations of the GLO could be obstructed, he said. (TNA)


Thailand launches mobile consumer products at affordable prices during ‘lock down’

BANGKOK - While the government continues to ask members of the public to stay home to help contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Ministry of Commerce has launched a caravan of Blue Flag vehicles to sell and deliver numerous consumer products at affordable prices right to people’s homes.

From today onwards, mobile grocery trucks are delivering consumer products from major fresh markets to various communities, with support from the Department of Internal Trade. The markets include Minburi Market, Si Mum Mueang Market, Bang Yai Market and Samrong Market. The mobile grocery trucks are selling fresh food and other goods as part of the Blue Flag value scheme, such as large to medium-sized eggs at 90 baht per pack of 30, instant noodles at 5 baht per packet, palm oil at 40 baht per bottle, canned fish at 11 baht each, two kilograms of rice for 55 baht and 30 milligrams of hand sanitizers at 25 baht each.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister, Jurin Laksanawisit, said today that 200 Blue Flag vehicles are involved initially. They will travel to communities in Bangkok and neighboring provinces. Their sales will be assessed daily. Other vehicles will be added, if there is high demand. The Blue Flag grocery trucks will ensure that the market situation remains stable. At present, many vendors are selling their products online and offering a delivery service.

Mr. Jurin said he will hold a meeting with operators of traditional and online supermarkets, delivery companies, such as Line Man, La La Move, Food Panda and Grab as well as owners of community shops and Smart groceries tomorrow. They will discuss the problems and challenges that need the government’s help, as more stringent measures are expected, following the invocation of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations tomorrow. (NNT)

Thailand approves cash handouts for COVID-19 affected workers - April to June

BANGKOK - The Thai government has approved a set of remedial measures including cash handouts for informal worker for three months as part of a THB200 billion package to ease the impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitakthis week announced the phase 2 of stimulus measure approved by the cabinet.  The first stimulus package was rolled out by the government on March 10.

Informal workers including temporary employees and freelancers, who are affected by the spread of novel coronavirus will receive the 5,000-baht handout.

The handouts are expected to begin on April 1 for about three million temporary employees, contract employees and self-employed individuals who are not covered by the social security system, according to Somkid.

The money will be handed out via direct transfers or through electronic wallets from April to June, said Somkid.

In addition, THB40 billion has been allocated for soft loans to this group of people, Somkid said.  They would not need to provide guarantees in order to receive the emergency loan of THB10,000 per person. 

The Cabinet on Tuesday also approved a proposal to defer the filing of income tax and payment deadline for the 2019 fiscal year from June 30 to August 31 in order to give taxpayers more time to manage their cash flow, added Somkid. (TNA

Myanmar workers travel home before Thailand’s border closure activates

TAK, Chiang Rai – Thousands of stranded Myanmar workers have flocked to cross the border at Tak’s Mae Sot district on the second day of the lenient period to allow all of migrant workers to return home before the temporary closure of the border checkpoints.

Thai and Myanmar officials in Tak and Myawaddy agreed to extend the opening of the checkpoints amid the strict screening for Covid-19 by the two countries.

A large number of Myanmar workers, carrying their belonging and waiting in long queues to cross the border in hot weather. A man fainted, prompting officials to give him first aid.

In Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, Myanmar workers are travelling home at the border checkpoint to Myanmar’s Tachileik but it is not as crowded as on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Sa Kaew province, the Ban Klong Luek border checkpoint in Aranyaprathet has closed after all stranded Cambodian workers returned home. (TNA)

Royal Thai Police closed Malaysia, Myanmar borders on COVID-19

BANGKOK - Police seriously closed the border with Malaysia and Myanmar adjacent to five southern provinces to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said that from 12am on March 23 immigration police closed southern border crossings in Songkhla, Satun, Yala, Narathiwat, and Ranong provinces. People of all nationalities including Thai were not allowed to cross the border.


The measure, however, spares cargo trucks passing through some border checkpoints and only one person is allowed on each truck, he said.

Immigration police and local authorities were thoroughly checking people on cargo trucks passing the border, Pol Col Kritsana said.

Cargo trucks were allowed to cross border at Sadao checkpoint in Songkhla, Wang Prachan checkpoint in Satun, a permanent checkpoint of Betong district in Yala, the permanent checkpoint in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat, and the Ranong-Kawthaung permanent checkpoint in Ranong. (TNA)

Migrant workers stranded at Thailand’s border checkpoints

BANGKOK - Several thousands of migrant workers were stranded at border checkpoints that were closed on Monday and local officials were lenient on some locations.

In Chiang Rai province, more than 400 Myanmar workers turned up at the border checkpoint in Mae Sai district as Thailand started to close its border.

The workers arrived at the border checkpoint from Bangkok and other provinces and their number was growing. Understanding their necessity and difficulty, immigration police allowed them to cross the border at specific times.

About 10,000 Thai people who worked in Tachileik border town opposite Mae Sai district returned to the Thai soil yesterday.

In Sa Kaeo province bordering Cambodia, about 300 Cambodian workers arrived at the Ban Klong Luek border checkpoint in Aranyaprathet district to return to Cambodia. Most of them said they could not go back to work because they already quit their job. Local officials were discussing possible solutions for the people with the Interior Ministry.

In Tak province bordering Myanmar, about 1,000 Myanmar workers arrived from greater Bangkok and overcrowded the border checkpoint at the second Thai-Myarnmar friendship bridge. They were carrying belongings including TVs, refrigerators, fans and audio devices. Security officials showed up to keep order. Local officials let them cross the border today. (TNA)

Bangkok people flock to buy goods after closure of risk places announced

BANGKOK- People have been visiting shopping malls to buy food after the Governor of Bangkok announced the closure of risk places for 22 days.

After Gen. Atsawin Khwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, has resolved to close shopping malls and markets throughout Bangkok to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic spreading for a period of 22 days from March 22-April 12, 2020, except for supermarket zones, pharmacies and take-away restaurants.

A large number of people flocked to buy needed items from many shopping malls in Bangkok. Most of the purchased items were dry food such as rice, oil, instant noodles, canned fish, chicken eggs, drinking water, and toilet paper. There was traffic congestion near shopping malls in some areas.

The staff of the shopping malls disclosed that they have accelerated coordination with the head office to add products, especially consumer goods and fresh food to meet the demand. The number of staff members has also been increased to better serve the customers.

Meanwhile, Pol Col Phongsakorn Khwanmuang, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Spokesman, posted a message on his Facebook fan page saying that there is no need to hoard products and calling on them not to forward a message that markets and shopping malls are closed because it will cause panic. He said the BMA has only ordered closure of venues where people gather. He has called on people not to hoard food because they can still buy food from restaurants, while markets and shopping malls can still sell food and necessary items. (NNT)

Social Security measures for both employees and employerson Covid-19

BANGKOK- To cushion the economic impact of Covid-19 epidemic, the Social Security Office (SSO) has launched assistance measures for both employees and employers.

Mr. Sutthi Sukosol, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labor (MOL) and Social Security Committee Chairman, said employees who are insured will be entitled to 50 percent of monthly pay in the event of unemployment due to force majeure. This compensation will be paid for a maximum of 180 days per year.

Insured employees working for government agencies which order a suspension of work will be entitled to 50 percent of monthly pay for a period not exceeding 60 days from March 1, 2020, onwards.

The SSO has also agreed to reduce financial contributions by both employees and employers into the Social Security Fund from five to four percent for six months with an extension of the deadline for financial contributions by both employers and employees who are insured under Section 33 and 39 of the Social Security Act for the wages of March, April and May 2020 for another three months. Those insured who are infected with Covid-19 virus will be provided with the best treatment according to the prescribed medical standards.

Workers who are members of the fund are entitled to compensation of 45 percent of monthly pay in case of unemployment from resignation for a period not exceeding 90 days, and compensation of 70 percent of monthly pay in case of forced unemployment for a period not exceeding 200 days. The enforcement shall be effective for a period of two years. The SSO will expedite the enforcement as soon as possible. (NNT)

Thai Govt. seeks Covid-19-freefood delivery standard in ‘Work from Home’ trend

BANGKOK - The government has 20 food delivery firms guarantee disease-free services and vows to prosecute those who fail to comply, in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop who supervises consumer protection sealed an agreement with the companies including Thailand Post, Kerry, Line Man and Grab, in which the operators promised to prevent their services from transmitting diseases amid concerns on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.

“The operators are ready to follow policies of the government and support the idea for people working at home in the wake of the Covid-19 spreads as many people are ordering food deliveries. This is to prevent disease transmission to households and restaurants,” Mr Tewan said.

He said there were about 100,000 deliverymen. The operators who were convened at Government House agreed to do their best to keep food deliveries hygienic. Deliverymen would wear face masks and gloves on duty.

The operators were well cooperative and the government was ready to exercise consumer protection laws to discipline violators, Mr Tewan said. (TNA)

Bank of Thailand tells banks to help debtors as COVID-19 hammers economy

BANGKOK (NNT) - The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is taking a toll on the economy, including debtors who might have their revenue reduced. The Bank of Thailand has urged commercial banks to provide assistance packages and prepare for the next stage of the pandemic.

The Bank of Thailand’s Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said on Thursday that financial institutions have collectively helped refinance some 30,000 clients, amounting to 234 billion baht in total, after the Bank of Thailand issued a refinancing promotion policy on 28th February.

Financial institutions have offered a pause in principle payments, interest rate cuts, and an extension of the payback period. Some banks have set up special centers such as One Stop Service centers to serve affected clients, and have offered schemes to help different groups of clients.

He said the number of clients who have already received help is considered minimal when compared to the many affected by the disruptive effects of COVID-19, thus financial institutions should offer refinancing packages to debtors, especially SMEs and individual businesses. Banks should prepare contingency plans to ensure continuous services as the COVID-19 spread escalates, by ensuring that clients can make cash withdrawals, and the network is capable of handling the increase in the number of electronic transactions.

The Thai Bankers’ Association’s Chairman Predee Daochai said member banks are ready to assist affected clients according to the policy issued in February, by offering a pause in principle payments, reducing the monthly minimum payment amount, and offering soft loans in cooperation with the government.

He said affected businesses can reach out to their banks without waiting to be contacted first, and reassured members of the public that financial services will not be disrupted by COVID-19.

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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story] : 

Thailand’s ban on chicken egg exports extended due to expanding demand

Thailand will have enough farm products for daily consumption

Thailand suspends egg exports as hoarding continues in COVID-19 panic

Thailand cancels April lottery draw, possibly back in May

Thailand launches mobile consumer products at affordable prices during ‘lock down’

Thailand approves cash handouts for COVID-19 affected workers - April to June

Myanmar workers travel home before Thailand’s border closure activates

Royal Thai Police closed Malaysia, Myanmar borders on COVID-19

Migrant workers stranded at Thailand’s border checkpoints

Bangkok people flock to buy goods after closure of risk places announced

Social Security measures for both employees and employerson Covid-19

Thai Govt.seeks Covid-19-freefood delivery standard in ‘Work from Home’ trend

Bank of Thailand tells banks to help debtors as COVID-19 hammers economy