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Chiang Rai to Open Chemical-Free Vegetable and Fruit Market in 2019




CHIANG RAI – Permanent Secretary of Chiang Rai Samrit Sawamipak said during a press conference today at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, that Chiang Rai province is set to open the largest market for fresh fruit and vegetables in northern Thailand next year.

He said that the market would help local farmers in the province become more competitive and maintain the prices of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables.

Samrit also believes Chiang Rai will become known regionally as a center of organic produce since the market, also known as Talad Lan Muang, will only sell chemical-free fresh produce.

Napintorn Srisanpang, the President of the Ratchaburi Central Vegetable and Fruit Market, said today the opening of such a market in Chiang Rai was due to the fact there is over two million rai of farmland, and given the proximity of the province to Laos and Myanmar, Chiang Rai could potentially become a distribution center for fresh vegetables and fruit to these nations.

It is also expected that up to 10,000 tons of vegetables and fruit will be delivered and distributed via the center daily. Jianghai Market Plc Executive Director Wisarn Techateerawat said that in addition to organic produce, Talad Lan Muang will also sell locally made goods in the hope of attracting tourists from other provinces.

The market, which will be located on a 160 rai- plot of land at Mae Korn Intersection, will open next year. The construction will cost around 2 billion baht.

By Nuppol Suvansombut

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