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Survey: Farmers back rice scheme

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A majority of the 1,228 farmers surveyed nationwide agreed the rice pledging scheme had improved their lifestyle and threatened a mass protest if the programme were cancelled, the Economic and Business Forecasting Centre of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce said on Wednesday. 

The polled farmers gave an average 3.53 grade out of five to the rice programme, agreeing it had helped increase household incomes by 50,000 baht on average each harvesting season.

Forecasting centre director Thanavath Phonvichai said the percentage of rice farmers owning their own cars stood at 70.5% before joining the rice scheme, but the figure was up to 77.8% two years later.

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