Farmers stage walkout from talk with govt

national February 10, 2014 00:00

By Petchanet Pratruangkrai

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A group of rice farmers' representatives from 20 provinces Monday walked out from a high-profile meeting with government figures, after caretaker administration came up with no solutions for long-overdue payment under the pledging scheme.

They staged a walkout after they were told to ask banks for releasing loans to the government so that they could pay farmers.
The angry farmers said that they would continue their demonstration and pressure the government to resign as lack of capability to handle with its pledging policy.
The meeting was held at Defense Ministry, and joined by three caretaker ministers including Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan, Deputy Commerce Minister Natthawut Saikuar, and Minister to PM’s Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn.
Farmers walked out from the meeting after Niwatthumrong told them to ask banks in releasing loan for the government so that the government could have money to pay farmers.
He said in the meeting that the caretaker government could not borrow money from banks because of the protestors blocked the banks.

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