Rice growers in the North on Friday blocked the Asian highway in Phichit demanding government payment for rice sold under the rice-pledging scheme, while farmers in Buriram surrounded the provincial government complex for the same reason.
Around 3,000 farmers from Phichit, Sukhothai, Pitsanulok, Kamphaengphet and Nakhon Sawan used farm trucks to completely block two inbound lanes of the Asian highway at Pho Sai-ngam intersection in Bueng Narang district, northern Phichit.
The farmers demanded immediate payment for rice pledged under the government's rice subsidy scheme and threatened to intensify the rally unless their demand is met today.
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