NCPO to make paying to rice farmers a priority


BANGKOK, 25 May 2014  – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the Ministry of Finance will meet on Monday to discuss how to pay rice growers participating in the rice subsidy program. 

The Finance Ministry has released a statement, saying Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, who is in charge of the country’s economic affairs, will meet Finance Ministry officials to discuss the former government’s rice subsidy program.

Earlier, Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha addressed hundreds of civil servants at an army facility, telling them that paying the farmers was an urgent matter.

Gen Prayuth said the budget office has around 40 billion baht in the central bank that can be used to pay the farmers, expressing confidence that all the farmers would be paid within 20-25 days..