PM: 6,500 markets to expand direct sales by farmers

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visits a stall at the Klong Phadung Krungkasem Market near Government House in Bangkok. (File photo)

The government plans to expand access at 6,523 markets, both old and new, for farmers and small-scale producers and vendors to sell their products directly to consumers to strengthen the grassroots economy, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday night.

In his weekly televised address, Gen Prayut said the markets would consist of some new sites and additional space at existing markets run by various state agencies. They were designed to be community markets based on the model Klong Phadung Krungkasem Market that he initiated beside Government House in Bangkok three years ago.

The 6,523 community markets, which are scheduled to open on Dec 5, will fall into nine categories:

The Pracharat Green Market run by the Market Organisation of the Interior Ministry will welcome about 800 new vendors. The Pracharat Market run by the Community Development Department of the same ministry will be set up at about 2,000 locations and accommodate about 20,000 local vendors and farmers. The Pracharat Market run by the ministry‘s Department of Local Administration will occupy 3,800 locations to serve 40,000 vendors.

The Bangkok Pracharat Market at 14 locations will provide sales outlets for about 10,000 sellers. Provincial Pracharat Market venues, meanwhile, will present unique local products and seasonal items at tourist attractions.

The Pracharat Market run by the Commerce Ministry will promote sales at floating markets and tourist attractions. The ministry‘s Pracharat Modern Trade Market run will provide sales venues at various department stores in the provinces at low or no rental fees.

The Local Pracharat Market run by the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives will increase sales space at its 147 sites.

Finally, the Cultural Pracharat Market of the Culture Ministry will promote cultural products and services.

Prime Minister Prayut invited farmers, small-scale businesses and vendors to register with the government‘s Damrongtham service centres at the district and provincial levels from Nov 10 to 30 to sell their products at the markets.

He said that the Klong Phadung Krung Kasem Market, which featured monthly highlight products, had recorded sales on the spot worth 1.1 billion baht and generated subsequent orders worth 720 million. More than 7,000 operators and traders have shown their products there.

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