Rubber planters want registration deadline extended

Rubber planters have wanted the government to extend the September 30 deadline for registration in order to claim subsidy.

Planters in several provinces such as Krabi, Songkhla, Chiang Rai and  Buriram have steadily flocked to district agricultural offices to register with officials – a mandatory process which will enable them to claim subsidy amounting 2,520 baht per rai for a maximum of 25 rai and for a period of seveLean months starting September.

In Krabi province for instance, about 3,000 out of some 20,000 rubber planters have already registered.  But shortage of officials has rendered several planters unable to register.  The same problem was reported to have taken place in other provinces.

Officials said that several planters did not have proper land right documents but, however, they were allowed to make registration but with their headmen, kamnan or neighbours guaranteeing that they are real rubber planters.

After the registration, officials will conduct field trips to examine rubber plantations before subsidies are paid to the planters.