Commerce Ministry seeks B6bn to bolster recovery

Commerce Ministry seeks B6bn to bolster recovery

The Commerce Ministry is seeking more than 6 billion baht to fund various projects aimed primarily at helping farmers increase sales by improving their product distribution channels, a source at the ministry said.

Funding for the programmes will be taken out of the 400-billion-baht budget that the government has set aside for economic and social rehabilitation, which in turn is part of the 1.97-trillion-baht Covid-19 recovery expenditure plan, the source said.

The source said that Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has instructed the permanent secretary of commerce, Boonyarit Kalayanamit, to review all projects proposed by the ministry's departments.

The Department of Internal Trade, which requested the most funding at 5 billion baht, has put forward a programme to help fruit farmers improve their local and international distribution channel, especially in China.

The department is also proposing to distribute more low-priced consumer products through its Thong Fa ("Blue Flag") project.

The Department of Business Development requested 1 billion baht to develop local groceries and promote the online trade of the One Tambon, One Product goods.

The Department of Intellectual Property asked for 50 million baht to develop and promote geographical indications of agricultural products, the Department of Foreign Trade requested 30 million baht to promote innovations in agricultural products, while the Department of Trade Negotiations wanted 20 million baht to help sell community products overseas, said the source.

Meanwhile, the Trade Policy and Strategy Office requested 5 million baht to develop farming and community enterprises in four provinces with persistent poverty.

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