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Thailand ready to join Trans Pacific Partnership

Staff writer |
Thailand is ready to join the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as soon as the pact is open for new membership.

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Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said that during a visit to Tokyo.

Thailand will conduct a public hearing to gather opinion from all stakeholders before signing the agreement. Thailand is also ready to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Mr Somkid added.

“The livestock industry plans to protest if Thailand joins the TPP,” said Wawat Pongwiwatchai, Chairman of Ratchaburi Livestock Cooperative Limited. If Thailand joins the TPP, Wawat said it will push livestock producers, and corn, cassava and soybean farmers into bankruptcy.

U.S. livestock products including ractopamine-fed pork and unwanted pork parts will flood the Thai market and negatively affect farmers. According to the Thai law, ractopamine is prohibited for use in animal feed.

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