A team of officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has been dispatched to the South to meet with representatives of rubber planters in a bid to pre-empt a possible protest by the planters when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha holds a mobile cabinet meeting in Hat Yai on Nov 27-28.
The team of officials is led by Mr Lertviroj Kowattana, permanent secretary for agriculture.
Post Today quoted an informed source in the MOAC that Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya wanted his advance team to negotiate with the rubber planters’ representatives and to try to persuade them not to stage a protest during the cabinet meeting in Hat Yai.
The rubber planters’ network earlier called for the removal of the entire board of the Rubber Authority of Thailand and its governor for their alleged incompetency in managing the central rubber markets, resulting in the steady drop in rubber prices to less than 60 baht per kilogramme.
The source added that the team would also meet with representatives of oil palm farmers who reportedly planned to submit a petition to the prime minister in Hat Yai to seek government’s intervention to shore up oil palm prices which are sliding.