Uttaradit farmers block road in rice rally

Around 2,000 Uttaradit province farmers owed money under the government's rice-pledging scheme blocked a highway on Monday morning, demanding a meeting with caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong.

The farmers, led by Na In agricultural cooperative manager Jeerasak Panphet, parked around 20 e-tan farmer trucks across the road connecting Uttaradit and Phitsanulok provinces. 

They also put up a tent and banners demanding that government pay 3.41 billion baht in debt owed to around 26,000 farmers in the province.

Mr Jeerasak said Uttaradit farmers sold rice worth more than four million baht to the government's rice-pledging scheme, but have so far only received 780 million baht in payments.

The farmers said they were only willing to discuss their requests with Mr Kittiratt because caretaker Deputy Finance Minister Thanusak Lekuthai had already broken a promise to pay farmers by Jan 15.

The group also wants government to pay subsidy on maize, as was earlier promised by ministers but has yet to materialise.

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Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 09:15 PM
"Mr Jeerasak said Uttaradit farmers sold rice worth more than four million baht to the government's rice-pledging scheme, but have so far only received 780 million baht in payments." from above. Interesting, must be Thai math or the 776 million difference ended up..well elsewhere. Tongue in cheek lads and ladies.
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 09:08 PM
"Mr Jeerasak said Uttaradit farmers sold rice worth more than four million baht... but have so far only received 780 million baht..." For me, that sounds very good for the farmers.
Discussion 3 : 20/01/2014 at 08:15 PM
The trouble with free money is that eventually people start to think they deserve it.
Discussion 4 : 20/01/2014 at 06:49 PM
I wonder if anyone will be upset if the free health care scheme begins to show an even larger lack of sustainability down the road, as well? You know, because of demographic changes?
Discussion 5 : 20/01/2014 at 05:51 PM
The stage is crumbling for the PTP. Plenty of room in the abyss. Good riddance.
Discussion 6 : 20/01/2014 at 05:29 PM
Typical red shirt response, nitpick about the details, rather than accepting the issue, that rice farmers have not been paid. Your beloved Thaksin and the PTP have broken so many promises, I am amazed you can still support them ... but then maybe you are paid to support them.
Discussion 7 : 20/01/2014 at 05:09 PM
Another one of the many Pheu Thai broken promises. It amazes me that anyone still believes in these crooked elitist scumbags. Maybe caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong will show up in Uttaradit, and weep tears of sorrow, just like the caretaker prime minister did. But I doubt it.
Discussion 8 : 20/01/2014 at 05:01 PM
whether its 34 …… 34,000……… the sentiment is whats important…… rid Thailand of this corrupt government
Discussion 9 : 20/01/2014 at 04:37 PM
2000? I count 34. Perhaps it's a low shot and they're obscured by the front people.... and not carrying tall placards.... and with no other big speaker trucks in the distance. Do we have a better shot?

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