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Thai farmers' group concerned over fraudsters asking for compensation of flood-stricken farmers

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The Thai Farmers' Group is concerned over fraudsters claiming to be flood-hit farmers after the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives decided to increase the compensation granted to farmers affected by flood.

Following the decision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to increase the compensation for the farmers from 243 baht to about 400 baht per rai, Thai Farmer Group President Suwan Kathawut informed that the group is concerned over the problem of other people claiming to be a farmer whose fields were inundated. This problem, which had occurred before in the past, will make the real farmers receive no compensation. As for the amount of the money, the president said although it does not in line with the input costs which depend on oil prices, it is still considered satisfying.

Mr Suwan added that the government should speed up the compensation process in time before the coming cultivation season begins. The government should take a special care of those allowing the Royal Irrigation Department to divert water into their fields. This group of farmers should get compensated appropriately and fairly. At the same time, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry should provide affected farmers with good quality rice strains as general rice strains which have no quality guarantee or those bought from merchants will produce rice with lower prices.