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Why hold on to the rice?

Re: "Rice farmers to get payment next week, Yingluck assures", Business, February 14.

Caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra should be reminded that her government has failed time and again to honour its rice payments to farmers.

Ten farmers across the country have committed suicide as a result of the government's flip-flopping. How many more suicides will there be?

The best way to get the money is for the government to sell the rice it has in stock as quickly as possible.

At a rough calculation, 10 million tonnes of rice must be sold right away in order to get Bt130 billion. If Yingluck is not capable of doing so, she should be honest about it.

Stop deceiving yourself and the country.

Vint Chavala


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