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BANGKOK (NNT) - Food prices in the market have been rising, starting with pork and followed by chicken meat, eggs, and now, reportedly, papaya. A war room has now been set up to follow the food price situation and to take action against violators of laws and regulations concerning the pricing of food products.

 

Commerce Ministry Permanent Secretary Boonyarit Kalayanamit said the war room’s working committee discussed the prices of 6 items, namely pork, chicken meat, beef, duck meat, fish, and papaya. The items have been reported by the media as having continually appreciated at price. Inspections by Ministry of Commerce officials determined that pork prices have risen sharply due to the reduced quantity of pigs being entered into the market. Chicken meat prices have risen by 4% from 2021’s level as consumers turn to chicken as a substitute for expensive pork. Beef prices were found to be unchanged, whereas fish prices generally declined.

 

The working committee has resolved to have Ministry of Commerce agencies dispatch joint suppression teams to regulate product prices in Bangkok. Similar efforts will be undertaken in the provinces by the provincial authority and the provincial office of the Ministry of Commerce. Problems that are discovered by these teams are to be reported to the war room immediately.

 

In the meantime, members of the public can report unfair product pricing at hotline number 1569.

 

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2 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Food prices in the market have been rising, starting with pork and followed by chicken meat, eggs, and now, reportedly, papaya.

Papaya?  You can't give papaya away where we live.  We probably have a dozen producing trees ourselves. 

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War room, eh? They’re dying to use those subs and other assorted tat. Rolling up in a tank to tell Somchai his pig too paeng is maybe a bit ott. 

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The majority of street vendors have already raised their prices and in some cases adjusted portion sizes.

Even if they were able to reduce the cost of these products overnight vendors aren't going to drop their prices the next day.

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Fuel prices are going nothing but up.  Fuel is a huge price inflator on all goods, particularly food.  

All prices will go up.  And a war room won't fix what is going to happen.  

Get fuel prices down and inflation will drop too.  I'm sorry to say that I don't see it happening in Thailand.  

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Yes, a lot of hot air to try to convince the masses that "the government cares and is doing something about it" ... but nothing will change ... "unfair product pricing" being a totally nebulous, subjective, unquantifable concept.

 

I pity the Thais already on tight budgets ... but good luck to the committees - and here's hoping they have some good catering for their meetings.

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11 hours ago, connda said:

Papaya?  You can't give papaya away where we live.  We probably have a dozen producing trees ourselves. 

Yes... is the entire government from Isaan to believe papaya is more important than say... I don't know... rice, maybe?

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The price of oil is rising because oil companies have stopped trying to produce it and are turning themselves into renewable energy companies to placate the climate change evangelists. Unfortunately they're finding out that the sun doesn't always shine (especially at night) and the wind doesn't always blow. So demand for "evil" oil and gas is going through the roof, while supply is declining. Guess what that means.

 

The price of energy has a knock-on effect on the cost of everything, especially fertiliser. So good luck to the 'War Room' trying to turn the tide of world markets. King Canute comes to mind.

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18 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

A war room has now been set up

 

Plotter (RAF) - Wikipedia

 

 

Sector One - Inflated pork prices!

Sector Two - "bandits" selling eggs at double price!

Sector Three - chicken prices gone through the roof!

 

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16 hours ago, fondue zoo said:

The majority of street vendors have already raised their prices and in some cases adjusted portion sizes.

Even if they were able to reduce the cost of these products overnight vendors aren't going to drop their prices the next day.

Exactly that’s greediness 

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6 hours ago, Burma Bill said:

 

Plotter (RAF) - Wikipedia

 

 

Sector One - Inflated pork prices!

Sector Two - "bandits" selling eggs at double price!

Sector Three - chicken prices gone through the roof!

 

In Thailand there are Bandits coming at you from Everywhere O'Clock !

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On 1/21/2022 at 9:32 PM, connda said:

Papaya?  You can't give papaya away where we live.  We probably have a dozen producing trees ourselves. 

Same here, we have in abundance.  We send boxes of papaya via Thai post to my wife's friends and family in Bangkok due to the high price of papaya there.  Thai post gives us a discount for shipping produce and it is very cheap, arrives in 2 days max from here in Central Thailand. Ridiculous how expensive it is at stores in larger metropolitan areas. In our village like you mentioned we can't give them away. 

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It's called inflation, and its down to the fed to sort it out. Everything is dollarised. Individual countries have limited influence.

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