PM: Farmers will be paid on Feb 17

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BANGKOK, 14 February 2014 The Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has reaffirmed that all farmers registered with the government’s rice support program will be paid, starting on February 17th.

Amid the ongoing protests by farmers who have not received their rice compensations, the prime minister during a trip to Ayutthaya, reassured growers that the government would start making payments to the farmers from Feb 17 onwards.

The cabinet earlier gave approval to a 712 million baht budget which will be allocated to farmers waiting for their September 2013 payment.

During the trip to Ayutthaya with her son, the locals gave Miss Yingluck flowers to show their moral support as she moved towards Panun Cheong Temple to make merit on the special occasion of Makha Pucha Day.

Joining the Premier on her visit were her sister, Yaowapa Wongsawat and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan.