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Rice money talks with govt falter

Farmer leaders walk out of crunch meeting

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Negotiations between protesting farmers and the caretaker government over long-overdue payments under the rice-pledging scheme collapsed yesterday with the farmers threatening to block rice warehouses and prevent any attempts to tamper with stockpiles. 

About 500 farmers rally at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence, where caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra came to work yesterday. The farmers later sent representatives to negotiate with the caretaker government on failed payments for their pledged rice. Negotiations failed after many farmers walked out. Chanat Katanyu

The talks took place at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence after hundreds of farmers marched from their base at the Commerce Ministry to the office which serves as a temporary office for the cabinet, to step up the pressure.

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