Phuket Agricultural Extension Office’s, Winai Kwankhaew, said Phuket and Chanthaburi will hold an event entitled “Thai fruit, fruit from East of Thailand to Phuket.” The event which is to be held from June 17th -19th at Sapan-Hin is aimed at getting more Thai and foreigner to eat more fruit.
Around 10 tonnes of various fruits from the Eastern provinces will be brought to Phuket per day such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen and longkong. There will be also products of SMCE – Small and Micro Community Enterprise in Phuket, organic agricultural and local food on offer. The event will also include contests/competition and performances throughout the event. It is expected that more than 1,500 Thais and foreigners will attend.
The Eastern Provinces such as Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat are a major source of fruit in Thailand. They produce important economic fruits such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen and longkong which are sold locally and also exported. The produce brings in revenue of more than ten thousand million per year. The fruits are available from March to August of each year and the fruits will remain edible for about 20 to 30 days. For many years the yield has exceeded the needs of consumers and is way above what the market forces can normally to accommodate, which causes problems with price slumps almost every year.
In 2011 there is expected to be yields of 758,857 tonnes from 4 fruit types, up from 732,715 tonnes last year.
Winai said that trend output in 2011 increased slightly from last year. There are many economic factors like a high cost of living and the global economic downturn which may affect the market price of fruit. The recent floods may cause yield problems and a depression in prices.
The event “Fruit from East of Thailand to Phuket” is one way in which to distribute products from producers in the high production areas. It could also increase the market for products sold to the farmers, stimulate tourism and the economy of Phuket as well.