The government temporarily defused a potential timebomb on Tuesday, promising angry farmers the National Rice Policy Committee will this week consider their demand to maintain the paddy pledging price at B15,000 until the end of the current harvest.
Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, safely behind the gate to Government House, shows respect for farmers' representatives on Tuesday before receiving their letter demanding the pledged rice price be held at B15,000 a tonne for paddy. (Photo by Kitja Apichonrojarek)
About 500 farmers from around the country, mainly from central provinces, held a brief rally in front of Government House on Tuesday and dispersed after representatives submitted their written demand that the government maintain the pledging price for ordinary rice at 15,000 baht per tonne until at least the end of September.
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