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Thai food exports fall short due to migrant labor shortage

Businesses lack half-million workers, many from Myanmar, pushed out amid COVID

Workers cut chicken in a food factory in Thailand.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Although global demand is recovering substantially, Thailand's labor-intensive food processing industry, which relies heavily on migrant workers, is struggling to regain momentum and is unlikely to boost exports due to labor shortages caused by a persistent COVID pandemic.

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