Commerce urges private entities to include rice packs in new year gift baskets

The Commerce Ministry today sought cooperation from private entities to include rice packs in their gift baskets to be sold or given during the upcoming New Year festival.

This was revealed today by the director-general of the Internal Trade Department Ms Nuntawan Sakuntanak as another effort to help the farmers.

As now major retailers are launching sale promotions to push up sales during the upcoming New Year season, and are packing new year gift baskets, she urged that they include rice packs in the gift baskets to help farmers.

This would also ease the current oversupply in the rice market, she said.

But the size of the rice packs was up to the private entities to consider appropriately, she said.

But she stressed that items of goods to be put in the gift basket must be high quality and are not expired.

She said that this year the department has asked that items of goods in the gift basket must be over six months before expiry dates, starting January 1 next year.

They also must display details of the expiry dates of each item in the gift baskets, she said.

Officials will inspect the market constantly to check the goods, and violator will be fined heftily.

Now several retailers are hastily packing goods in their gift baskets with prices stating from 499 baht to 2,999 baht.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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