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Thai agriculture minister stresses sustained reliefs to affected farmers

June 02, 2020


Abstract : Thailand's Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said at the meeting of the House of Representatives that in order to provide relief measures for the agricultural sector challenged by COVID-19.

InfoQuest, (May 29, 2020) -- Thailand's Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said at the meeting of the House of Representatives that in order to provide relief measures for the agricultural sector challenged by COVID-19, the government has spared no effort to assist 7.7 million farmers who really get into trouble, with all work transparent.

As the budget is limited and the overlap with target groups supported by other assistance measures must be avoided, the second investigation for farmers in need is underway, since it is expected that about 1 million farmers are left out during the first investigation. Retired and in-service civil servants with agriculture as bywork are not covered in the assistance policy, because they have monthly pay.

"I plead with those who are monthly paid and have income to give the relief funds to those who are truly trapped in trouble," said Chalermchai.

The minister said, Thai government will continue to launch other assistance programs according to real situations. Relevant budget will be allocated from the regular budget. It is believed that the entire agricultural sector will be satisfied.

"This is not an end of the government's relief programs. The regular budget will be leveraged for assistance, because the agricultural sector is an important part of economic recovery... What is happening now is a crisis that the whole country and all Thai people must be united to overcome," remarked Chalermchai.

With regards to solving droughts and floods, Thai government has allocated approximately 9 billion baht to help more than 900,000 people. All programs carried out collected the public opinions.

Source: InfoQuest, by Tanawat Suayaem/ Rachada, translated by Xinhua Silk Road

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