Prices of 20 essential items likely to be cut

A vendor prepares eggs for a customer at the Klong Toey market in Bangkok on March 22. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
A vendor prepares eggs for a customer at the Klong Toey market in Bangkok on March 22. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The government is likely to start reducing the prices of 20 essential items next month, Commerce Minister Phumtham Wechayachai said on Wednesday.

Mr Phumtham, who is also a deputy prime minister, said he had asked the Internal Trade Department to analyse the cost of essential consumer goods and find ways to reduce prices, following moves by the government to cut electricity and diesel prices this month.

The department is expected to review the list of all products that affect the cost of living, determining their cost and estimating how much prices can be decreased. The analysis is expected to be completed in early October, he said.

Price reductions are projected for roughly 20 daily essential consumer products, including rice, chicken, pork and eggs, said Mr Phumtham.

“Next week we are scheduled to hold a discussion with major business operators to talk about this issue,” he said. “Big players need to assist small players and help tackle their problems, while the ministry aims to strike a balance between producers, entrepreneurs and consumers.

Learn from listening

Click play to listen to audio for this story, or download to save the file
: :


  • analyse: to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it - วิเคราะห์, ศึกษา, ตรวจสอบ
  • consumer goods (noun): goods such as food, clothing, etc. bought and used by individual customers - เครื่องอุปโภคบริโภค, ของกินของใช้
  • cost of living (noun): the amount of money that people need to pay for ordinary goods and services such as food, clothing and a place to live - ค่าครองชีพ
  • decrease: to become less - ลดลง, น้อยลง
  • diesel (n): a heavy oil used as fuel in engines -
  • entrepreneur: someone who starts their own business, especially when this involves risks - นักลงทุนทางการเงิน
  • essential: necessary - ที่จำเป็น
  • project: to make a calculation or guess about the future based on information that you have - คาดคะเน
Do you like the content of this article?