Northern farmers to blockade Asian Highway

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Farmers from five northern provinces will blockade the Asian Highway and heighten their protest to oust the caretaker government after the government failed to pay them as promised today.

Farmer leader Kittisak Ratanawaraha, president of the Network for Northern Farmers, said now farmers from Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Sukhothai, Kamphaengpet and Phitsanulok are prepared for the next move to block the highway after they did not receive money from the bank as they were earlier promised.

He said instead of calling for money, now farmers will press for the ouster of the caretaker government.

He said farmers will block the Asian Highway from Phitsanulok to Nakhon Sawan at Yaek Po-ngam intersectin in Bung Narang district on Friday.

Some farmers from Phichit were paid but many were not after they were told that the bank has been allocated merely180 million baht.

Meanwhile farmers  in some northeastern provinces were also paid for their rice today.

A total of 40,000 farmers in Maha Sarakham province in the Northeast sold rice to the government under the rice-pledging scheme. Now 10,000 of them were paid but the rest were not paid  yet.