Thai election body frees some state funds to pay rice farmers


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  • Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Election Commission gave the government approval on Tuesday to use a small sum from the central budget, 712 million baht ($22 million), to pay rice farmers who have been waiting months for payment from a state buying programme.

The money will go a little way towards appeasing farmers protesting in Bangkok and their home provinces, but it is only a fraction of the 130 billion baht the government is estimated to owe nearly a million growers.

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