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หัวข้อ: Drafting of “Organic Marine Shrimp Production” standards
เริ่มหัวข้อโดย: Nicaonline ที่ มกราคม 15, 2007, 11:25:00 AM
Source: Thais News  World News    15/01/2007 11:45:56

The National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS) is expediting the drafting of “Organic Marine Shrimp Production” standards.

Somchai Charnarongkul (สมชาย ชาญณรงค์กุล), the deputy director of ACFS, said AFCS is speeding up the drafting as the global demand for marine shrimps, especially tiger prawns, has increased. He expects that the “Organic Marine Shrimp Production” standards will boost the competitiveness of local shrimp farmers in the global market.

Those participating in the standards drafting include representatives of the government and private sectors, farmers, academics, and shrimp experts. ACFS will submit the draft to the MOAC minister for approval before enforcing it in February 2007.

Mr Somchai revealed that organic food products in the global market have a tendency to expand at an average of 25 percent per year. The U.S. has the biggest chunk in the market, second by the European Union. The organic food products in the Asian market are worth 18,000 million baht.

At present, the Thai organic shrimp farmers have to be accredited by a German private food and agriculture organization, resulting in higher cost of production. The Thai “Organic Marine Shrimp Production” standards will provide criteria for the farmers to assess the quality of their products before exporting them.

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