Thousands of corn farmers yesterday blocked Highway 101 (Nan-Phrae) at the Huai Nam Oon checkpoint in Nan's Wiang Sa district to pressure the government to hike the price of the commodity by Bt1 per kilogram.
Calling for prices of Bt8 for corn at more than 30 per cent moisture and Bt10 at more than 14.5 per cent moisture, they insisted Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuangrach, PM’s Office Secretary-General Suporn Attawong and Pheu Thai MP for Nan Cholnan Srikaew meet them and respond to their demands in person.
The group has been protesting outside Nan City Hall since Wednesday morning, but escalated the protest yesterday to block the road. This caused traffic jams on the route to Nan, forcing bus passengers to walk past the roadblock and board buses on the other side, while cargo trucks had to park and wait for the road to reopen. Some 200 police and administrative officials were present to keep order. Motorists were advised to use routes 1091, 1120 and 1154 to reach Nan for the time being.