About 500 rice farmers on Thursday blocked off the Indochina intersection in Phitsanulok’s Muang district, demanding the caretaker government pay them the money owed for pledged crops by the end of the month.
If they did not receive payment by Friday next week they would join forces with the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in Bangkok and not vote for candidates fielded by government coalition parties in the Feb 2 general election, group leader Capt Ubon Puttarak, chairman of the Phitsanulok Farmers Council, said.
Capt Ubon said rice growers in Phitsanulok had pledged seven billion baht's worth of rice paddy. So far, they had only received about one billion baht.
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