Bangkok (VNA) - The Commerce Ministry of Thailand has teamed up with the Agriculture Ministry to adjust a fruit management plan, focusing on the domestic market to offset exports hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported. Deputy Minister of Commerce Sansern Samalapa said the plan will cover production management; distribution channels; business matching among traders, importers and Thai operators; financial support; and safety standards. Sansern on April 9 called a meeting with government agencies and companies, including the Transport Ministry, Grab Thailand and Thailand Post, to ask for cooperation on fruit management during harvesting season, the Bangkok Post newspaper reported. The Thai government will offer leniency to a certain extent in labour movements, particularly for farm workers and fruit pickers; exercise the Price of Goods and Services Act to ensure fair trade competition; and promote contract farming and the linkage between farmers, processors, traders … [Read more...] about Thailand pushes fruit consumption in domestic market
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Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s Ministry of Finance met on April 9 to hash out details of a planned cash handout for almost 9 million farmers to inject liquidity into the economy amid the slowdown brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said the ministry was still considering the handout amount and downplayed speculation of a subsidy worth 30,000 THB (nearly 1,000 USD) for eligible households. However, it will be directly transferred to farmers as in the past, he said, adding that the ministry will finalise details as soon as possible. However, Uttama admitted he did not know whether the handout can be rolled out by the end of the month, saying the proposed handout is only one of several relief measures which will be funded by the government's 1-trillion-THB emergency loan. Director of the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) Lavaron Sangsnit said the amount may not be equal to the 5,000-THB handout paid to informal workers, as farmers are not … [Read more...] about Thai finance ministry mulls handouts for farmers
Hanoi (VNA) - The World Bank (WB) said on April 10 that its Board of Executive Directors had approved 500 million USD policy loan to help strengthen the Philippine government's capacity to address disaster risks, respond to and recover from natural disasters, as well as support urgent needs created by the COVID-19 crisis. The World Bank said the financing is part of its long-standing support to the Philippines' broader policy reform efforts to boost its resilience and capability to prepare for and recover from disasters. Previously, the WB provided the country with two risk management development policy loans in 2012 and 2015. According to the WB, the loan will support key policy reforms being undertaken by the government in the area of disaster risk management. It will also support the government's promotion of integrated hazard and risk analysis in physical planning, and in support of policy development; and the development of multi-year investment plans for seismic risk … [Read more...] about WB approves 500 mln USD loan to Philippines