Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet insist the rice pledging scheme will continue despite strong criticism by the government's chief adviser.
About 500 rice farmers protest outside the campus of the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) in Sikhiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province yesterday. Nida’s academics oppose the government’s rice pledging scheme. The farmers say the policy has helped free them from massive debts and improved their lives. PRASIT TANGPRASERT
Ms Yingluck said Tuesday the rice pledging programme was aimed at helping rice farmers and the rising incomes of farmers would eventually stimulate the national economy.
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