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Thais struggling to survive as food prices hit the roof, survey shows


A survey of 1,383 people conducted by Suan Dusit Poll from January 24 to 27 on rising commodity prices revealed the following:

Which product is the most expensive?

  • 92.75%: Pork
  • 72.44%: Curry on rice, side dishes, cooked-to-order dishes

What is the reason for rising prices?

  • 65.02%: Animal disease
  • 64.22%: Hoarding and price manipulation

What steps can people take to solve the problem?

  • 77.20%: Managing expenditure
  • 66.67%: Reducing consumption

What should the government do to solve the problem?

  • 58.99%: The government should be transparent
  • 58.27%: Keep prices stable

Which organisations should tackle the problem?

  • 79.60%: Commerce Ministry
  • 57.88%: Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry
  • 55.82%: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

How much can the government be trusted to solve the problem?

  • 47.27%: Slightly untrustworthy
  • 35.93%: Totally untrustworthy

How long do people think they will have to shoulder such high prices?

  • 34.93%: Up to three months
  • 28.53%: Up to six months
  • 18.56%: Up to one month
  • 17.98%: More than six months

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Thais, especially those in the low-income group, have been struggling with rising commodity prices, with many calling on the government to solve the problem.

The price of pork has hit the roof due to an outbreak of African swine fever and rising prices of animal feed.

Inflation has also intensified due to the surge in global oil prices and central banks opting for quantitative easing policies.

Published : January 31, 2022

By : THE NATION