Thai Rubber Farmers Like New Government Aid Offer
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Representatives of protesting rubber farmers in Thailand who have been demanding government subsidies because of falling prices are responding favorably to a new compensation offer.
The Cabinet approved a 21.2 billion baht ($657 million) program on Tuesday for the farmers, who have been blocking roads and railways to press their case. They had threatened further militant action on Saturday.
A farmers' organizer from Songkhla province, Thanapon Thongwan, said he is satisfied with the measure and will consult with colleagues from other provinces on Friday. Bandit Rammak, a coordinator in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, also said he agreed with the offer.
The government said it would give rubber farmers 2,520 baht ($78) per rai (0.4 acre, or 0.16 hectares) of land, double what it offered last week.
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