Farmers bank now paid 30 billion baht to farmers in five days

The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperates said it has already paid farmers over 30 billion baht in five days after the military ordered immediate payment to ease the plight of troubled farmers.

BAAC said in the first day it paid 311.34 million baht to 3,544 cash-stricken farmers on May 26, following a decision made after Air Force Commander-in-Chief called a meeting with relevant government agencies and the bank  executives to escalate the payment to farmers.

By now, it said 303,950 farmers were paid of over 30 billion baht in five days of payment.

It expected all unpaid farmers will get payment by June, in accordance with the queue numbers they obtained.

Meanwhile the National Anti Corruption Commission said it would go ahead with investigation of rice corruption.

It  has questioned witnesses in the rice pledging scheme under the supervision of former Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister, Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan and former Deputy Commerce Minister, Yanyong Phuangrach.

NACC is set to question additional four witnesses involving with the scheme next week.