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7 billion baht / 80 million kg = 87.5 baht/kg, not 35 at quoted!

Poor math or poor journalism or poor proofreading?

 

“The garlic market in Thailand is worth about Bt10 billion, of which Bt7 billion is Thai garlic, while the remaining Bt3 billion is imported, almost all of it from China,” Dr Aat said.

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Well if they're selling less, Thai economics suggest they should increase the price to make up for lower sales volumes.

“Thailand needs to deal with the smuggling of garlic from China because while the official import figure is just 70,000 tonnes a year, the actual quantity is nearer to 100,000 tonnes, with much of it

The Thai and Chinese garlic are both tasteless....they should sell fresh garlic which tastes much better.  

24 minutes ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

7 billion baht / 80 million kg = 87.5 baht/kg, not 35 at quoted!

Poor math or poor journalism or poor proofreading?

 

“The garlic market in Thailand is worth about Bt10 billion, of which Bt7 billion is Thai garlic, while the remaining Bt3 billion is imported, almost all of it from China,” Dr Aat said.

If I recall correctly, a few years ago (10 perhaps?) Chinese garlic was banned from being imported because it contained large amounts of pesticides/herbicides which were considered dangerous to health.

 

Obviously times have changed and they've cleaned their act up, but having said that, I find both the Thai and Chinese garlic to be very weak indeed.

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Better get used to it.  Those trains will be bringing stuff, but they won’t be taking anything back.  Thailand is completely inefficient-although, the new complex in Pattaya might score some family types that can raise GDP, and wood 👍

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2 hours ago, Golden Triangle said:

It would appear that the Thais failed to understand basic economics, people buy the product if it is cheaper and of equal or better quality, not because it was grown in their backyard, next thing we will hear is that the government is giving subsidies because the Thai farmers don't understand how to make production more competitive.

 

This is wakey wakey time.

You maybe right but in our area there is a lot of ginger grown and processed. One of the bigger processors sends his stuff to China in boxes marked (in English) "Product of China". Go figure.

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7 hours ago, Thian said:

The Thai and Chinese garlic are both tasteless....they should sell fresh garlic which tastes much better.

 

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Maybe you should read the article, where they stated the prices of both Thai and Chine garlic...

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20 minutes ago, swerve said:

I disagree.  Chinese garlic is very good quality and the Thai not so much.

I don't really care as I now hate garlic due to one of my ex wives ruining every meal with an overdose of the stuff. 🙂 

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Well, the Thai are a navel-staring bunch to begin with, but of late this is getting to a preposterous level. Economics, tourism, rice, rubber, and now garlic - it's like watching a train wreck in slow-motion.

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2 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:

I don't really care as I now hate garlic due to one of my ex wives ruining every meal with an overdose of the stuff. 🙂 

It is almost impossible to overdose on garlic. Overdosing on Thai (ex) wives, on the other hand is a regularly occurring phenomenon....

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1 hour ago, Bullie said:

Maybe you should read the article, where they stated the prices of both Thai and Chine garlic...

Maybe you should think why we eat garlic? For the taste right?! And fresh ones taste much better..

 

I think you can't understand this movie but they did a blind taste test with a french chef to see which garlic was the best....

Where i come from we investigate stuff. You can understand the conversation with the chinese garlic farmer though.

Germans like to buy fresh garlic from holland which is better than french garlic.

 

 

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