Thailand increases its import quota of raw materials for animal feed


Monday’s meeting agreed to allow more imports of maize and other crops into Thailand to produce enough feed for hen, chicken and pig farmers, according to the trade minister. NNT

Thailand’s Commerce Ministry has approved a proposal to increase the import quota of maize and other crops to make animal feed for three months to deal with shortages, Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on May 2. may.

Jurin was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the Maize Policy and Management Committee and the Food Policy Committee at the Kitiyakara Voralaksana Hall in the permanent trade secretariat building.

Representatives from the Department of Domestic Trade, National Farmers Council, Crops Growers and Traders Association, Thai Feed Mill Association, Thai Tapioca Trade Association and Chicken Farmers Association attended the meeting.

Jurin said the meeting was held to endorse a joint proposal made recently at a meeting of representatives from five parties. The five parties are: representatives from the Ministries of Commerce and Finance, representatives from the maize and tapioca growers, the Crops Growers and Traders Association, the associations of hens, chickens and pig farmers and the Thai Feed Mill Association.

The meeting endorsed the five parties’ proposal to allow more imports of maize and other crops to produce enough feed for hen, chicken and pig farmers, Jurin said.

The meeting recommended feed manufacturers to import raw materials from neighboring countries, especially Myanmar, in the next three months.

Jurin said the Ministry of Commerce will hold an online business matchmaking activity for Thai importers to match sellers in Myanmar on May 3.

The meeting also approved three other measures – first, the requirement for wheat importers to buy maize domestically at a 1:3 ratio will be suspended until July 31.

Second, the corn import quota will be increased from 54,700 tons to 600,000 tons by July 31 and the import tariff on corn will be reduced from 20% to zero during the period.

Third, the Ministry of Commerce will help set up an online business matchmaking for importers of feed materials.

Quotas for all raw materials during the period will be increased to 1.2 million tonnes during the period, Jurin added.

THE NATION (THAILAND)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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