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Disgruntled farmers on Monday evening booed and threw objects at caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, after he failed to give a clear answer on when the authorities would begin paying growers for rice sold under the pledging scheme. 

The incident occurred after a one hour meeting to discuss long-overdue rice payments between Mr Kittiratt and farmers' representatives led by Rawee Rungruang at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence. 

Mr Rawee, who is acting chairman of Thai Farmers Network, said farmers accepted the government’s offer of paying an average of four billion baht per day to farmers owed cash, but wanted Mr Kittiratt to give assurances on the exact dates of payments. 

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