About 10,000 farmers who travelled from the lower northern provinces to Bangkok resolved on Friday to return home rather than head to Suvarnabhumi airport for a rally.
The farmers decided to return home after their leader, dormer Chart Thai Pattana Party MP Chada Thaiset, was assured by the government that they would get their payments for their rice next week.
The farmers reached Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in district Thursday and stayed overnight there. They travelled in about 1,000 farm tractors.
Sources said Chada met caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and PM’s Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn at 8pm Thursday to discuss the farmers’ demand that the government speed up their payments.
The sources said the talks achieved a “satisfactory result” and Chada promised to relay the outcome to the farmers.
The sources said the prime minister asked Chada to tell the farmers not to block the airport because the move would severely affect the country.