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The Department of Agricultural Extension today reiterated its warning to traders and farmers not to sell unripe durians to customers or else they could face prison terms.
The warning came as the department and Chanthaburi province jointly hosted a campaign to encourage traders and durian farmers to sell only ripe durians to customers, and to warn them to realize of the serious consequences if they sell unripe durians to customers or export them.
The event is also aimed to ensure consumers, as well as durian exporters that they would be receiving good quality durians from the Chanthaburi, which are currently being released into various markets, both within the local market and abroad.
The department and Chanthaburi provincial office have set up check-points in 8 districts of the province to make sure that no unripe durians were transported out of the province for sale.
Mobile units were also set up jointly with other relevant state agencies to inspect and destroy unripe durians found in any fruit markets immediately upon being tipped off..
If any traders or farmers are found to knowingly sell unripe durian to customers,they could be subjected to an imprisonment without any suspension of punishment, for violating Article 271 of the Criminal Code and the Consumers Protection Act.