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Mangosteen price too low: farmers

Some 300 fruit farmers in Nakhon Si Thammarat yesterday dumped one tonne of mangosteens in front of the City Hall to protest at the fruit's price of Bt3 per kilogram, which is the lowest in many years.

Published on July 31, 2007

Mangosteen price  too low: farmers

Nakhon Si Thammarat farmers dump mangosteens in front of the provincial governorís residence

The frustrated farmers called on the government to buy the fruit from them at reasonable prices.

Former senator Pichai Boonyakiet said fruit farmers in 10 districts had suffered as a result of middlemen purchasing produce from them at very low prices, paying only Bt3 per kilo for mangosteens, Bt3-Bt4 per kilo for rambutans, and Bt4-Bt6 per kilo for durian.

The farmers urged the provincial agricultural co-op to use Bt3 million from the provincial CEO budget to pay Bt12 per kilo for mangosteens and Bt8 per kilo for rambutans. They also asked the provincial commerce and internal trade office to sponsor transport expenses to distribute the fruit in the domestic market.

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