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Rubber farmers seek help from government (16-10-2015)


RUBBER farmers are planning to hold major protests, especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, today to urge Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha to implement their four demands in the wake of dropping rubber prices, the coordinator of the Alliance for the Revival of Rubber Farmers said yesterday.  

Jeerapong Prasertpolkrung
The Nation

Sunthorn Rakrong and 24 other representatives of rubber farmers submitted the letter along with a list of affected farmers to the PM via the Public Service Centre at the Prime Minister Office`s Permanent Secretary Office.

The group wants the government to pay farmers registered with the Rubber Authority of Thailand the difference in price, so they can get Bt60 per kilogram for rubber products, Sunthorn said.

The second demand is for the government to approve the "rice fund" so they can barter their rubber for rice at state warehouses, a proposal they had made to the previous vice agriculture minister, Amnuay Patise, a year ago.

Thirdly, they want the government to review the forest land reclamation policy, which led to thousands of rubber trees being cut down, while also setting up provincial-level screening committees with farmer participation to help segregate rubber plantations set up by investors from those owned by poor people.

Lastly, they called for landless rubber farmers and tappers to be registered according to the Rubber Authority Act`s Article 4.

Sunthorn added that the alliance also wants to propose that the government pay the price difference to small farmers - with less than 15 rai - instead of buying their produce and adding to government stock.




(source in Eximbank)
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