Ayutthaya farmers demand rice pay

About 70 farmers marched on temporary offices of the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) Wednesday to demand payment for the crops they pledged at the Support Art and Crafts International Centre of Thailand building in Ayutthaya’s Bang sai district on Wednesday.

The group was led by Sa-ard Suksuddaen, deputy chairman of the Ayutthaya Farmers Council. He said the state owes over 87 million baht to 400 crop growers who pledged their rice paddy during the 2012-2013 pledging period. 

Mr Sa-ard submitted the farmers’ petition to DIT deputy director Nopporn Linthong.

Ms Nopporn assured the crop growers that they would get their money. However, she said they will have to be patient as there are many ahead of them in line to receive payments from the rice scheme.

From 2012-2013, many farmers pledged large amounts of rice worth around 1.57 billion baht. The government has yet to pay out more than 630 million baht.

Ms Nopporn added that the Department of Internal Trade will meet with the National Rice Policy Committee and the Bank of Agriculture and Agriculture Co-operatives to find solutions to the nationwide issue.

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Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 08:13 PM
Gvt is waiting for that 2-trillions...
Discussion 2 : 16/01/2014 at 08:00 AM
Thaksin's brilliant plan , let him pay . The Yingluck is Chair Person of National Rice Policy Committee but as she has said before she hasn't a clue , in fact no one does they are all clueless .
Discussion 3 : 15/01/2014 at 11:40 PM
I don't think you are using corruption math. Well, we put in this much. This much will go into a black hole. This little will go to the farmers. And deny deny deny. Oh forgot, need an alibi. All missing rice were just spoiled rice. That is why it's missing.
Discussion 4 : 15/01/2014 at 09:33 PM
The government is a little short at the moment, but an entry tax on tourists should do nicely if they can wait a little longer.
Discussion 5 : 15/01/2014 at 09:32 PM
"have to be patient as there are many ahead of them in line to receive payments from the rice scheme." And again they had to hear promises promises promises and they wend home empty handed........... again.
Discussion 6 : 15/01/2014 at 08:53 PM
Surely some simple accounting is required here. How much money has the Thai government put into the rice pledging scheme? How much money has it paid to rice farmers for their crops? What is the value of the rice remaining in warehouses? If there is a massive difference, where has the money gone? Or is it not that simple?

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