Farmers set noon deadline

Farmers have set a noon deadline to talk with the caretaker prime minister or they will head to the international airport.

Rice farmers from central provinces were still resting on Asia Highway in Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in district on Friday morning, waiting for caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to negotiate with them on payment for the grain they pledged to the government month ago.

A caravan of 700 farm trucks carrying around 5,000 rice growers began the journey to the capital on Wednesday. 

Chada Thaiset, a former Chartthaipattana Party MP for Uthai Thani who leads the rally, said the farmers would talk only to Ms Yingluck. They would wait until noon before moving to Suvarnabhumi airport.

The farmers earlier said they had no intention to close the airport. However, some might stay on the road to the international gateway until they learn when they would get the money. 

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