Farmers block road in Nakhon Sawan to demand rice payment


NAKHON SAWAN, Jan 25 — Farmers from five provinces have blocked Asian Highway at Nakhon Sawan to pressure the caretaker government to pay them for rice they sold under the rice pledging scheme.

The farmers said that during the last five months, many rice farmers in many provinces did not receive their money so they wanted the caretaker government to send representatives to negotiate with the farmers.

Some 4,000 farmers from Sing Buri, Chai Nat, Uthai Thani, Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan have blocked the Asian Highway in both directions, causing traffic jams for kilometres.

They have threatened to intensify their protest by blocking more roads and stay overnight on the road if the caretaker government failed to send representatives for talks.