BAAC disburses payments to help rice farmers in Surin

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BANGKOK, 22 October 2014  The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) in Surin province have dispatched officials to investigate farmers who have registered for the government’s rice-subsidy program, to ensure that the money has not reached the wrong hands.

Thousands of farmers in Chat Trakan District of Phitsanulok have queued up at the Agriculture Office in Chat Trakan, carrying certificates of ownership of their lands, as well as copies of their house registration and ID cards in order to register for the program. Each farmer will be allowed to receive 1,000 baht per rai, but not exceeding 15,000 baht in total.

Meanwhile, several farmers in Surin have opened bank accounts with the BAAC branches throughout the province to receive the subsidy. As of now, there are 160,000 farmers in Surin registered for the program. They will receive a combined subsidy of 1.5 million baht.