Angry Thai rice farmers rushing to Bangkok for rally

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Farmer-Pic-1Thousands of upset rice farmers from up to 40 Thai provinces are expected to storm Bangkok on June 25 and hold a massive rally at Royal Plaza in Bangkok’s administrative district and then move on to Government House to hand over a petition to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The farmers demand the government take back the cut in the guaranteed rice price to 12,000 baht per tonne from 15,000 baht, announced a few days ago when pressure mounted on the ruling coalition to amend its failed and overly expensive rice pledging scheme.

They also want the government to investigate  problems of alleged corruption in the implementation of the rice scheme and accusations that workers at privately owned rice mills were stealing rice, and take legal action against them.

The farmers claim that many of them had high debts and could not sow new crops because their creditors refused to lend them more money to buy seed, fertiliser and fuel, and the cut in the rice price would make it impossible for many of them to pay schools fees for their children.

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Thousands of upset rice farmers from up to 40 Thai provinces are expected to storm Bangkok on June 25 and hold a massive rally at Royal Plaza in Bangkok’s administrative district and then move on to Government House to hand over a petition to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Farmer-Pic-1Thousands of upset rice farmers from up to 40 Thai provinces are expected to storm Bangkok on June 25 and hold a massive rally at Royal Plaza in Bangkok’s administrative district and then move on to Government House to hand over a petition to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The farmers demand the government take back the cut in the guaranteed rice price to 12,000 baht per tonne from 15,000 baht, announced a few days ago when pressure mounted on the ruling coalition to amend its failed and overly expensive rice pledging scheme.

They also want the government to investigate  problems of alleged corruption in the implementation of the rice scheme and accusations that workers at privately owned rice mills were stealing rice, and take legal action against them.

The farmers claim that many of them had high debts and could not sow new crops because their creditors refused to lend them more money to buy seed, fertiliser and fuel, and the cut in the rice price would make it impossible for many of them to pay schools fees for their children.

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