Rice farmers block Asian Highway

More than 3,000 rice growers on Saturday blocked the Asian Highway in Nakhon Sawan province to pressure for immediate payment for their rice pledged under the government’s rice scheme, reports said.

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The Asian Highway was blocked at Ban Tha Nam Aoy of Phayuhakhiri district by the farmers from Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat and Singburi, led by Atthapop Jaojed, chairman of the Council of Uthai Thani Farmers.

The farmers said their protest is aimed at showing their difficulties to the government. They complained that they have no money for daily expenses as the government failed to pay for the pledged rice for several months.

The farmers demanded the government send its representative to accept their petition at the rally site and threatened to intensify their rally, if the demand is not met.

About 150 policemen were deployed near the rally site to maintain peace and order.

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