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Farmers return home empty-handed

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The government's promise to start paying indebted farmers under the rice pledging scheme got off to a shaky start yesterday with many branches of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives reporting the government has yet to transfer the needed funds. 

A group of rice growers, mainly from Central Plains provinces, holds placards to show their support for the government and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives at the bank’s headquarters in Chatuchak district yesterday as ways are sought to pay farmers under the troubled rice-pledging scheme. Apichit Jinakul

Farmers in several provinces were dismayed to find the government had yet to transfer money to the BACC yesterday, despite earlier promises they could start redeeming their pledging slips when their local branches opened.

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