By The Nation
Meanwhile, the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) said that between May 15 and June 6 the bank had made payments totalling Bt35.726 billion to 7.145 farmers, adding that the second round of payments will start from June 15.
"Farmers who did not get the first round of payments will get Bt10,000,” a BAAC official said, adding that between May 18 and June 5, 191,146 farmers had filed 192,702 cases to ask related authorities to review their eligibility.
"Of the total cases, 169,597 have been sent to the Department of Agricultural Extension, 14,405 to the Department of Livestock Development, 1,655 to the Department of Fisheries, 6,806 to the Rubber Authority of Thailand, 215 to the Cane and Sugar Board, 20 to the Department of Sericulture, and four to the Excise Department," the officials said.
“Of them, 16,076 cases have been solved, 489 are being considered, and 176,137 have been forwarded to the committee in charge of considering eligibility.”
Farmers can check their eligibility at the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry’s website, www.moac.go.th, or check their Digital Farmer smart-phone app.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry said that apart from providing remedial cash to farmers, the ministry has also offered help with debts, such as postponing repayment and or reducing or suspending interest worth Bt50.584 billion.
“We have also boosted farmers’ liquidity by reducing or suspending cooperative shares and land rents worth Bt2.763 billion," a ministry official said.
“The ministry has also provided jobs worth Bt4.497 billion to 88,838 farmers and increased agriculture distribution channels for goods worth Bt601 million.”