From Manager, April 22, 2018
Left, Jack Ma: I sold eighty thousand durians within 1 minute.
Right, Thai farmer: I sold one durian within eighty thousand minutes.
Caption: Ma takes it all.
[Refers to the concern about expanding e-commerce in Thailand by Chinese businessman and owner of Alibaba. 80,000 durian were sold in one minute through Alibaba websites. This demonstrated the high demand of Chinese people to obtain Thai products.
However, Thai farming and industry have long been structured so that the lowest level laborers receive very little extra benefit even when there is strong demand. This was why Thaksin’s direct subsidized cash handouts to farmers was popular.
The deal with Alibaba raises concern as to whether Thai farmers will really get any benefit from the deal.]