As a consequence of the COVID-19 situation, many farmers in the deep South have faced hardships from the problem of falling prices of their farm products. Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon and his team have visited local farmers to help ease their hardships.
On 25 May 2021, they visited Songkhla province and observed green pepper and pumpkin farms in Daen Sa-nguan subdistrict, Ranot district. SBPAC was able to help release more than 100 tons of pumpkins in Songkhla to various markets.
The SBPAC Secretary-General also bought three tons of pumpkins from local farmers for distribution to villagers in Tak Bai district, Narathiwat province.
Several villages in Tak Bai have been under lockdown. SBPAC gave the pumpkins to local villagers for use to cook food for their families, as a way to reduce their costs and hardships from the new wave of COVID-19 infection.
It has also joined the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and local cooperatives in helping release pumpkins and other farm products to various groups of consumers. Traders in the South and the central region have also been encouraged to give a helping hand.
Mr. Wicharn Srichoo, a pumpkin grower in Ranot district, said that prices of local farm products have dropped, as traders in the country and from Malaysia could not come to buy them. He thanked SBPAC and other agencies for their assistance in buying the farm products and releasing them to various markets.