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THAILAND Farmer leaders have met and planned to stage a protest by blocking the main highway in the province on the same day that the PDRC has threatened to shut down Bangkok, said Mr Pakasit.

January 3, 2014

THAI PBS

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Disgruntled farmers have threatened to block traffic in upcountry provinces in coordination with the shutdown of Bangkok on January by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

Thousands of farmers, who are yet to receive any payments from the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives for their crops already pledged with the government under the rice pledging scheme since last October, blocked highway No 117 in Po Thalay district of Phichit on December 23 to protest against the delayed payments.

Mr Pakasit Jaemjamras, chairman of Tambon Thai Nam tambon administrative organization, said the farmers in Phichit had demanded payments to be made before the yearend or the bank gave each of them a loan amounting to 30 percent of the outstanding payments but to no avail.

Farmer leaders have met and planned to stage a protest by blocking the main highway in the province on the same day that the PDRC has threatened to shut down Bangkok, said Mr Pakasit.

Director of BAAC’s branch office in Phichit, Mr Nikhom Kerdkhanmak, the bank had tried to help by issuing credit cards to the troubled farmers so they could use the cards to buy necessary items.

The bank, he added, will give loans to farmers at 20 percent of the amounts owed by the bank but not exceeding 50,000 baht each and the loans will carry a 7 percent interest rate charge.

From: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/phichit-farmers-threaten-block-roads-january-13/

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