Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday blamed the delaying in overdued payment under rice-pledging scheme on anti-government protests.
She said in a special televised programme that the leaders of protesters have seized the farmers as hostage in their political game to bring down her government.
They resorted to by all means and looked for every loophole to block the caretaker government from repaying the debts to the rice farmers, she said.
"I'm very upset and apologise to all the farmers who suffer from the delaying. The farmers are now in the middle of political game of the protest leaders who did not follow democratic and legal ways. They should have felt sympathised for the farmers who worked hard for the sake of the country," she said.