PM urges stringent crackdown on financiers of illegal frozen pork imports


Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has ordered relevant agencies to end illegal imports of frozen pork, with an emphasis on major smugglers, noting that crackdowns on small-scale operators will never solve the problem.

Under the Ministry of Agriculture, the Fisheries, Livestock Development and Agriculture departments are directly responsible for the suppression of illegal importation of pork and they have been criticised for not being tough enough, resulting in rampant smuggling of pork, especially earlier this year, when the price of local pork spiked sharply.

The prime minister has expressed concern that the major illegal importers may conceal their assets to escape seizure, if authorities do not take legal action against them fast enough.

The prime minister also said that he will consult Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat about developing measures to help small and…

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