BANGKOk - Prime minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is planning to open a floating market at Khlong Prem Prachakorn near Government House.
Prayut floated the idea after presiding over the opening ceremony of the orchid market next to Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem.
Prayut came up with the idea of a floating market while walking back to Government House from the orchid market with his secretary-general Wilas Arunsri.
Wilas also reported that the authorities were in discussions with the Fine Arts Department to conduct landscape improvements around Government House by extending the fence line along the first gate towards Khlong Prem Prachakorn.
The premier ordered that the plan to be thoroughly studied with regard to adverse effects and budget.
"When I try to build something, people might say that I want to stay in my position longer," Prayuth said.
Prayut said the orchid market, which will be open every Monday to Wednesday from 9am to 6pm for three months, would provide opportunities for farmers who are facing problems with limited outlets in which to sell their orchids and low pricing.
"Thailand is the world second largest orchid exporter after the Netherlands and its export volume is worth Bt3 billion per year," he said.
The orchid trade should be promoted to boost the country's income, he said. This can be achieved by stimulating the domestic consummation of orchids, finding more markets for orchid exports and promoting orchid processing for added value, he said.
This also goes along with the |government's five-year vision for |"the sustainable security of the country and sustainable prosperity for the people."
The prime minister also urged those involved in the orchid trade, especially the middlemen, to ensure consumers get quality goods at appropriate pricing.