Corn farmers to hold mass rally
PHAYAO — Corn farmers in Phayao province will hold a mass rally outside the provincial hall on Monday to pressure the government into speeding up assistance for them.
- Published: 29/09/2013 at 10:11 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
About 1,000 corn growers from five districts of the northern province — Pong, Chiang Kham, Phu Kham Yao, Chiang Muan and Dok Kham Tai — are expected to turn up in front of the provincial hall at noon, Khammoon Intha, president of the agricultural council of tambon Ooy in Pong district, said on Sunday.
Mr Khammoon was speaking after he met with representatives of corn farmers from four other districts to discuss the planned rally.
The farmers complained the corn price had dropped from 6.20 baht/kg last year to 4.80 baht/kg this year, but even with the price drop, no investors had come to buy the crop.
The cabinet recently resolved to buy corn with 30% moisture content at 7 baht/kg. However, Mr Khammoon said the cabinet had only approved the subsidy measures for farmers in principle. No action had been taken so far.
The farmers would issue four demands which they wanted the government to respond to immediately, he said.
The four demands are:
1. The government must guarantee the price of corn with moisture not higher than 30% at 7 baht/kg.
2. The government must transfer the guaranteed payments of 7 baht a kilogramme for corn to farmers directly, not through silos’ owners or entrepreneurs.
3. The government must include farmers without land title deeds in its price intervention scheme.
4. The government must move quickly to conduct a survey of farmers who do not have land ownership documents for their farmlands and issue the documents.
If the government does not respond or give a clear answer by Monday, Mr Khammoon said, the rally will continue until their demands are met.
Mr Khammoon insisted the gathering would be peaceful and there would be no road blocks, and alcohol consumption would be strictly prohibited.
The group would also send a representative to Bangkok on Monday to submit their demands to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, he added.
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- Writer: Saiarun Pinaduang
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