January 07, 2014 00:00 By Wijit Chunhakijkajorn,
FARMERS have started to protest in many provinces over the delayed payments of the government's rice-pledging scheme.
Some disgruntled farmers have also threatened to block roads if their plight remains ignored.
In Surin, more than 5,000 farmers yesterday gathered in front of the provincial city hall and complained the problem had dragged on for more than four months.
Surin Farmers Council chairman Korbsin Porkha said 61,909 farmers had presented evidence to support payment claims to the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC). But only 5,321 of them have been paid.
Similar payment problems have been reported in other provinces.
In Phichit, farmers are calling on those in nearby provinces to join their protest to step up pressure on the government.
These farmers plan to block the Pluak Soong Intersection on the Asia Road in Phichit’s Wachirabarami district from today onward.
If the blockade takes place, interprovincial traffic will be affected.
Farmers in Nakhon Sawan have threatened to block roads there if the government fails to pay participants in the rice-pledging scheme by January 15.