October 12, 2007
Food exports to reach 600 billion baht
Thailand's food exports are expected to increase by 7.8 per cent from last year to Bt600 billion this year and to further rise by 10 per cent next year due to the free trade area (FTA) agreements and an increased demand for products as a result of global warming, according to industry executives.
Yuthasak Supasorn, director of the National Food Institute of Thailand, said the country's food exports totaled Bt395 billion in value in the first 8 months of this year, up 9.7 per cent from the previous year.
Products that enjoyed export growth include rice, sugar, cassava, and fresh vegetables, while those which declined are processed tuna fish and canned pineapple.
He said that food exports had increased since the economies of Thailand's trading partners and the global economy continued to expand satisfactorily.
However, the stronger baht, economic slowdown in the United States, raw material shortage, higher production cost, and trade barriers had affected the competitiveness of Thailand's food industry.
He said that food exports in the fourth quarter are projected to recover after a continued slowdown with a total value of Bt156 billion, up 3.8 per cent, because the baht had begun to move in a more stable manner.
So, it would bring up the expected value of the food exports for the whole year to Bt600 billion, up 7.8 per cent from the year before.
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