'Good news': China okays Thai fruits
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'Good news': China okays Thai fruits

China has reopened all land border checkpoints to allow the import of Thai fruits, including durians, according to a Thai government official.

Border crossings of Thai fruits had been blocked by China for several days over Covid concerns.

Alongkorn Ponlaboot, adviser to the agriculture and cooperatives minister and a member of a committee of fruit development and management, gave details on the borders reopening.

"All border checkpoints including Youyi Guan, Dongxing, Mohan and Ping Xiang crossings have been reopened," Mr Alongkorn said.

"It's good news for farmers in Thailand, especially durian farm owners," he said.

To ensure smooth transportation, all parties need to maintain sanitation standards before shipping to avoid any risk of contamination by diseases including Covid-19.

Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Chalermchai Sri-on visited Phan Chi Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam to Thailand, yesterday to strengthen agricultural cooperation and trade between the two countries.

Thailand is not only a trade partner but also an investor in Vietnam, Mr Chalermchai said. The two countries can cooperate further so as to jointly become major suppliers of food in the world, he said.

Mr Chalermchai has asked for Vietnam's support in the setting up of an Asean Rubber Council. He also asked Vietnam to lift an import ban on Thai-produced rambutans and mangos.

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