Farmers in Chachoengsao hoping to make the most of the rice-pledging scheme have been hit with severe flooding.
"The government's rice-pledging scheme is pointless as vast agricultural areas have been flooded, leaving no agricultural produce for farmers to pledge," said Somnuek Chantharangkul, one of affected farmers in Chachoengsao's Khlong Khuean district. "Flood-affected rice farmers are eligible for a state compensation of some 1,000 rai per rai.
"Growers of other crops also receive the same rate. Now, costs of living are skyrocketing. Worse than this, our farmland is flooded. We will be left with nothing, only bones."
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