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Thailand: Suphan Buri ready to compensate farmers affected by flood

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Suphan Buri Governor Somsak Phurisrisak (? ?) revealed that the province's agriculture, livestock, and fisheries offices are ready to compensate flood-affected farmers. Now they are waiting for all of the farmers to open bank accounts with the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives in order to receive the money tranferred to them via the bank.

The agriculture office has planned to spend more than 188 million baht to compensate 11,230 rice farmers. The livestock office will allocate a budget of 22 million baht to 500 animal breeders while the fisheries office has 9 million baht to allocate to 1,086 fishermen. However, the compensation budget for the fishermen is still not enough. Those in Muang, Song Phi Nong (??), and Bang Prama (?) districts, where flood situations have just returned to normal, still have not registered with the fisheries office to receive financial assistance.

As for the large-sized farmers, the authorities have allowed them to suspend their debt payment and provided soft loans for them. This group of farmers has the total debt of 77.9 million baht and need 83 million baht of loans.