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Rosy Outlook For Thai Canned Tuna Exporters

Exporters of fishery products said yesterday that their sector still enjoyed bright prospects due to continued improvements in product quality despite the worsening economy. The industry has a comprehensive production process that enables exporters to serve all market segments, they said. The believe is that canned tuna exports for Thailand can still expand.

Exporters made the remarks at a seminar entitled “Opportunity and Adjustment in Thailand’s Fishery Products amid the World's Economic Crisis”, hosted by the Agriculture Ministry.

Paiboon Ponsuwanna, president of the Federation of Thai Industries Food Industry Club, said local exporters had effective management, especially regarding exports of fishery products.

He believes Thai fishery exports will expand in line with growth in the world population.

He said the government had implemented the correct policies for supporting exports, particularly promoting food safety and environmental protection.

Enactment of the Product Liability Act this year has also highlighted the Kingdom's commitment to protecting local consumers, which in turn has fostered confidence in Thai exports, he said.

Effective since February 20, the Act stipulates manufacturers, particularly small and medium-sized ones, be able to prove product safety. Many have had to improve their production processes and quality, in order to allow the origin of raw materials to be traced.

Paiboon said major recipients of Thailand’s fishery exports, such as Japan, were willing to buy Thai products due to their confidence in product safety and quality.

Thai Frozen Foods Association president Panisuan Jamnarnwej told the seminar the country's shrimp exports looked set to continue expanding in the global market, given that operators had continued adding value to their products.

Thai Food Processors Association president Nat Onsri said tuna-product exports also had a bright future, given that demand in the main markets - the US, Europe, Japan and the Middle East - was still increasing.