PM Yingluck Shinawatra, joined by Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and Wacharee Wimuktayon Director-General of the Internal Trade Department (ITD), stressed that fair pricing would be one of the top priorities for the government.
The PM said effective pricing management would be the government’s first option rather than price intervention so that consumers can be reasonably charged for food and services, and producers can be fairly treated.
Ms Yingluck disclosed that she had assigned Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom to keep a close watch on food staples like pork and chicken meat.
The premier also admitted egg farmers were facing a sharp drop in prices due to the oversupply led by the import of layer chickens. She added that the government would try to help agro producers to lower their capital cost, for example, by finding ways to cut fuel and transport expenses, and promoting food preservation.
As for the consumers, the government plans to increase the number of Blue Flag shops from 5,000 to 8,000 to give them better access to inexpensive products. Its target is to set up at least a Blue Flag shop in each community.
The Commerce Ministry has formed a center aimed at solving living expense problems. The center can be reached by its 1569 hotline.
(NNT : Vipaporn Pooritanasarn)