Govt told to extend rice purchase under pledging scheme

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BANGKOK, Sept 17 – A group of farmers from the Central region has called on the government to extend its rice purchase programme under the pledging scheme to late October.

The farmers, led by Ubolsak Bualuangngam, leader of the Lopburi Farmers Assembly, submitted a letter to the prime minister to seek her assistance in her capacity as chairwoman of the National Rice Policy Committee.

They urged the government to extend the rice purchases for the second crop to end of next month, saying drought has delayed its harvest.

Mr Ubolsak said a large number of farmers would be in trouble if the government fails to extend the rice purchases.