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Japan to consider increase in import quota for Hom Thong bananas

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Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries (MAFF) has agreed to propose Thailand’s request to increase the import quota for Hom Thong bananas, under the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership (JTEPA), from 8,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes, to the Japanese government, according to Thai trade representative Narumon Pinyosinwat.

Narumon and her delegation met with Ryosuke Ogawa, Japan’s minister of agriculture, forests and fisheries to discuss trade issues in Tokyo today.

After the meeting, Professor Narumon said that Mr. Ogawa had praised several Thai fruits for their good flavour, especially Hom Thong bananas, which he admitted are the best bananas he had ever eaten.

Narumon also said she had extended an invitation to Japan to participate in the International Horticultural Expo, to be held in Udon Thani province in 2026. She added that she asked the Japanese minister to persuade the Japanese public and private sectors to support the expo.

The Thai trade representative also thanked the MAFF for its decision to allow the import of Thai mangosteen, without going through a steaming process.

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