The farmer leader who said to represent the Network for Farmers from 77 provinces, Mr Dhaicharn Mata, addressed farmers nationwide through the Blue Sky channel on the protest stage of the anti-government protesters that he is among a victim to the government’s rice-pledging scheme.
He said he sold all his crop to the scheme at about 500,000 baht and received voucher instead of cash despite his wife would warn that he should sell to millers and get cash instead.
However he said he sold to the government just because he would fetch higher price.
But his decision was wrong and until today he was not yet paid. He said he could not return home as every time he went home, his wife kept asking for money from the rice scheme.
He said almost all farmers are voters of the ruling Pheu Thai party but what it did to farmers was unpardonable.
Now they are sitting idly at home with even no rice to eat but wait and wait for money from the government.
He said in many areas the irrigation officials started to release water down from dams for farmers to begin second planting.
But what they could do were to just watch and could not start planting because they have not yet paid rents for farmland, have no money to buy items needed for planting, and fertilizers.
If they did not pay rents, landlords would let other farmers to rent instead, which means they could lose their right to farm again, he said.
He called on all farmers not to just sit and wait at homes but to march into the capital to make their complaints known to the whole country of how they have suffered from delayed payment.
He admitted that he also is a red-shirt farmer and never had hatred on the government and the prime minister.
But what they did to farmers were great and unacceptable and unpardonable.
He said farmers had no political motive but just to demand their money.
“If we get paid, we will return homes immediately,” he said.
He said farmers are people with extreme patience who would not say a word even was bullied.
However cheating their money which is their last money from hardship working in the field amid the heat of the sun, could cause their patience to burst.
He then told caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that if farmers lose their patience, the consequence would be unpredictable and uncontrollable.
He said all farmers will march to the capital to see the prime minister at the office of the defense permanent secretary on Monday to demand rice payment.
If there is no answer, farmers will turn to overthrowing the government.
He urged all the military top brass and the national police chief to understand farmers and have sympathy on them, adding that if they are not in deep troubles, they will not rise up.