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Rice-pledging scheme 'a success'

Yingluck blames political games for her government being unable to pay farmers

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May I begin with assurances that the government has a strong will and good intentions with the rice-pledging scheme. I had full confidence when the Pheu Thai Party proposed this scheme — with the trust that you have given to the party and me — that this scheme would boost farmers’ income and quality of life as well as ensure the prosperity, security and sustainability of the sector. 

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gives a national address on television yesterday. She blamed her political enemies for blocking the rice-pledging scheme. Courtesy of Government House

Farmers are the backbone of the nation. Every Thai who eats rice must feel grateful to farmers, for every grain that makes us grow. In reality, it’s sad that farmers are being taken advantage of and exploited and they have to continue working in a back-breaking environment.

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