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Govt launches community budget-food centers to help consumers

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha during his weekly televised address unveiled a number of programs aimed at alleviating financial burden of consumers.

community food ThailandAccording to the Prime Minister, the government has recently launched community food centers, where the general public can buy a meal at no more than 20 baht. The budget food centers are jointly run with local operators who are subsidized by the Ministry of Finance.

Apart from the budget-food centers, the government has also planned to market affordable packaged rice available via co-ops. It aims to strengthen the role of co-ops in order to minimize the influence of middlemen.

General Prayut said the government would continue to promote the community market project and develop co-ops into community product suppliers, so that consumers can obtain goods directly from producers. As for small-and medium-sized businesses, General Prayut disclosed that the government had approved two assistance programs for SMEs– one a 15-billion baht soft loan project, and the other a first-year guarantee fee waiver increase for SMEs borrowers.

NNT

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