About 600 rubber farmers in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Saturday staged two blockades on a road in Chulabhorn district after refusing to sign an agreement with the government for a 2,520-baht-per-rai subsidy.
The protesters, who said they were gathering under the network of the Cha-uat farmers, who have staged mass rallies in the South in recent weeks to push for a crop price guarantee, used trailers to block the inbound and outbound lanes of Highway No.41, and blocked Khuan Nong Hong intersection about 10km away. Traffic was paralysed.
The blockades came after a rift emerged among rubber and palm oil representatives from 14 southern provinces, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi. They were split into two groups, with one signing an agreement with the government over the subsidy offer.