Farmers block road to South

Farmers from six provinces blocked Rama II Road on Saturday to protest against delays in payments for their rice.

Large trucks were parked across both inbound and outbound lanes at tambon Wang Manao in Pak Tho district of Ratchaburi province.

The road is the main route to southern Thailand.

The farmers are from Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Songkram. 

Farmers' representatives are demanding that the government pay the amount owed for rice pledged under the rice pledging programme.

One of the government's showpiece policies, rice pledging has turned into a monumental failure. Losses from the scheme have run into hundreds of billions of baht while millions of tonnes of unsold, overpriced rice are deteriorating in warehouses across the country.

The current caretaker government does not have the authority to raise new funds and has run out of money to pay the farmers. Both state and private banks are refusing to lend to it because of the risks involved.

The farmers have vowed not to disperse until they get a firm answer from the government on the date of payment. They also said they would not vote on Sunday.

Police instructed motorists to use an alternate route involving an eight-kilometre detour.

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Discussion 1 : 03/02/2014 at 03:00 AM
farmers should just vote against the PTP if they want to be payed, whats there to be scared of?
Discussion 2 : 02/02/2014 at 01:06 AM
Why pity? It was a sweet deal for both parties which simply camaraliised. Seems to me that the government should have ensured all the farmers were savvy about money before it filled up their pockets. Money that comes easily is easily wasted.
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 12:35 AM
In China all young kids at school dream of becoming state officials and politicians when they are still in primary school so that they can be corrupt and rich when they grow up. Is it any different in Thailand and how do we expect this problem to be solved?
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 12:27 AM
Foreigners who write freely on this website should be encouraged to study more on Asians and their habits prior to being judgemental on this issue. Thais are encouraged to look at themselves more deeply and really ask what can and what cannot be done.
Discussion 5 : 01/02/2014 at 10:02 PM
Just sell the rice in stock to pay the farmers and stop the rice scheme for the sake of the country.
Discussion 6 : 01/02/2014 at 09:10 PM
Hope this time farmers will open their eyes and see the truth of to be nice in-front and behind something. so pitty now these farmers will be in debt of banks and gangsters.
Discussion 7 : 01/02/2014 at 08:27 PM
The farmers should go out and vote, they can be the ones who make the differences.
Discussion 8 : 01/02/2014 at 08:11 PM
"The farmers have vowed not to disperse until they get a firm answer from the government on the date of payment. They also said they would not vote on Sunday." Does not matter if they government tell promises to pay them by any given date. They have no money to pay them and they have already missed so many promised payment dates. Since tomorrows election will not enable anyone to form a working government the farmers are going to be waiting for a long time to get their money
Discussion 9 : 01/02/2014 at 07:13 PM
Pity the farmers, pity the government.
Discussion 10 : 01/02/2014 at 06:34 PM
Pheu Thai party want this election so badly to legitimize them to lend money to pay the farmers in other to avoid losing their voter base as there is no major opposition to contest with in this election. They should have accepted the failure of this rice scheme since moody and world bank red flag on the scheme and stop the program before it went too damaging but they refused and lied so many time.But lies don't live long. This party will bankrupt Thailand if they continue with this program
Discussion 11 : 01/02/2014 at 06:21 PM
Dubai, you really need to learn that you do in fact reap what you sow. Time for you and yours to begin thinking things through before pushing ahead.
Discussion 12 : 01/02/2014 at 06:05 PM
So close, this government are on their knees, common people kick this rabble it, start the reform process and lets clean up Thailand.

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