Farmer forced to dump shrimp at low price

WITH much of the world locked down as the coronavirus pandemic spreads far and wide farmers have been heavily impacted with one of them who raises shrimp for export today (11.4.2020) selling a ton of her stock at a steep discount of 250 baht a kilogramme, down from 450 baht, in Ratchaburi province, PostToday reported.

Ms Pornchanok Tungburana, the owner of Pornchanok shrimp farm in this central region province, was seen briskly selling a tankful of shrimp loaded on her pickup truck in front of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives branch at this low price.

She said she raises large shrimps in ponds at her 200-rai farm nearby and this new species of shrimps are now four months old and ready for harvesting and sale. Unfortunately they cannot be exported nor sold to restaurants, which are shut across the nation and only allowed deliveries,  so she was forced to sell 11 to 12 of them a kilogramme at only 250 baht, which is a dramatic cut from the usual price of 450 baht.

However she remained cheerful mentioning that although she is not earning a lot she has increased the number customers with many buyers today asking for her phone number in order to again place an order as they realize they would be getting a better deal straight from her farm rather than through a middleman.


Ms Pornchanok and her workers selling shrimp from her pickup truck. Photo: PostToday


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