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Bt600-billion budget aims to offer lifeline to farmers, others hit by Covid-19

The government has allocated a Bt600-billion budget to help Thailand’s farmers, as well as other citizens impacted by the Covid-19 situation.

Meanwhile, Kasikornbank has decided to help its customers by lowering the Minimum Loan Rate (MLR), Minimum Overdraft Rate (MOR), and Minimum Retail Rate (MRR).

Finance Minister, Uttama Savanayana said recently that the urgent budget of Bt600 billion, under the decree to borrow Bt1 trillion, will help employers and freelancers who have been affected by Covid-19, support the public health system, and take care of farmers in Thailand.

“For farmers, we are considering paying the cash directly into their account. However, each farmer would receive money at a different rate,” he added.

Preliminarily, the government will help them by households, in line with the information of the Ministry of Agricultural, Cooperatives and Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, or other agencies.

Government help for farmers will cover three aspects -- factors of production, cost of living, and drought’s impact. Initially, some 8 to 9 million farming households will benefit.

Meanwhile, Kasikornbank has reduced its MLR, MOR, and MRR by 0.40 percentage point, after it lowered the lending rate last time on March 24, bank president Predee Daochai said.

The new lending rates -- 5.60 per cent MLR, 6.22 per cent MOR, and 6.10 per cent MRR -- will be effective from Friday (April 10)

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Re: Measures on helping farmers to be proposed to Cabinet
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 12:07:51 AM »
Measures on helping farmers to be proposed to Cabinet  nationthailand.com
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry will reportedly propose to the Cabinet remedy measures worth Bt150 billion to help farmers suffering from the impacts of Covid-19 and the drought.

The scheme aims to hand out Bt15,000 to each of around eligible 10 million farmers via their Bank for Agricultural and Agricultural Cooperatives accounts.

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Army buys agricultural produce to help local farmers hit hard by Covid-19
The Royal Thai Army has become an agricultural customer to help farmers suffering from the Covid-19 situation and the nationwide shutdowns.

The agricultural products will be distributed within boot camps, according to a Facebook post by the the First Army Area’s Public Relation Division on Wednesday (April 29). “Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong has ordered all Army divisions nationwide to help local farmers who could not transport their produce to markets due to the government’s shutdown order by buying their produce at farms instead,” said the post. “The 21st Infantry Division under the First Army Area has helped farmers in Rayong province by buying over 350 kilograms of seasonal fruits at local plantations using Army vehicles and personnel for transportation.”  full article nationthailand.com
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Re: Cash handouts to farmers will begin on May 15
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2020, 01:24:01 PM »
Cash handouts to farmers will begin on May 15
Disbursement of government cash handouts to farmers affected by the Covid-19 situation will begin by May 15, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said on Friday (May 1).

The Cabinet last week had approved the ministry’s cash handout programme to farmers at Bt15,000 per household, to be paid in three monthly installments. The scheme expects to cover a maximum of 10 million households with a budget of Bt150 billion.

The campaign is similar to the Ministry of Finance’s cash handout campaign -- also known as "Rao Mai Thing Gun" (We do not leave anyone behind) -- to self-employed people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The Ministry of Agriculture will submit the list of the first batch of farmers eligible for cash assistance to the Ministry of Finance within the next week and the disbursement should start from May 15,” Chalermchai said.

“Farmers who have not registered with the ministry or have not updated their information in the current crop year can do so before May 15, which is the deadline for registration.”

Chalermchai explained that his ministry would keep the registration process open until May 15 to accommodate sugarcane farmers who have to first register with the Ministry of Industry, as well as tobacco farmers who have to register with the Ministry of Finance before they can register with the Ministry of Agriculture.

“Upon receiving the list, the Ministry of Finance will check to make sure that eligible candidates are not overlapping with those already approved for handouts in the Rao Mai Thing Gun scheme,” added Chalermchai. “I have urged all related agencies to handle the approval process as fast as they can so that farmers affected by Covid-19 can get the much-needed compensation as soon as possible.”

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Re: Korat livestock farmers targeted with Bt50bn loan boost
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2020, 04:50:37 PM »
Korat livestock farmers targeted with Bt50bn loan boost

The government has outlined plans to boost small-scale livestock farming with Bt50 billion in soft loans from the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC).

The loan package, which has been approved by the Cabinet, is aimed at softening the impact of Covid-19 for local farmers and integrating crop and livestock activities, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Prapat Pothasuthon.

Prapat spoke after a meeting in Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday (May 6) to discuss a plan to help local farmers grow Napier grass as a fodder crop for the northeastern province.

He explained that the government aimed to help local farmers raise cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep, and native chickens, with financial support from the bank.

The government also wanted local farmers to grow Napier grass, an animal feed, in Soeng Sang and Pak Thong Chai districts. The grass will be grown around a cassava starch factory, since water from its septic tanks is full of nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.

The grass will be sold to a local feed centre, while the province would be promoted as the biggest mixed-crop livestock production system in Thailand.

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Re: Government checking farmers’ entitlements to financial aid
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Government checking farmers’ entitlements to financial aid

(NNT) - The government is making continuous efforts to provide aid to all groups of people affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It is now verifying the information of registered farmers to make sure that they are not recipients of the earlier 5,000-baht cash handout for informal workers. Payments will be made to some 8 million people by May 15, 2020.

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Anan Suwannarat, said today that the Ministry of Finance is checking the information of 8.3 million registered farmers to avoid making overlapping payments. The verified information will then be forwarded to the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), so that the bank can transfer the cash subsidy to farmers, who are entitled to receive the support. They can nominate any bank account to receive the money.

Farmers, who have yet to register, are advised to update their accounts and register with the seven departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives before May 15, 2020, in order to receive the 5,000-baht monthly cash handout, from May to July this year.

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Ten million farmers to benefit as Bt5,000 handout starts tomorrow

Disbursement of government cash handouts to farmers affected by the Covid-19 situation will begin on Friday (May 15).

The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) expects to transfer the money to 1 million approved households per day, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said on Wednesday.

The ministry’s cash handout programme aims to provide farmers Bt15,000 per household, to be paid in three monthly instalments. The scheme expects to cover a maximum of 10 million households with a budget of Bt150 billion. The campaign is similar to the Ministry of Finance’s cash handout campaign -- also known as "Rao Mai Thing Gun" (We do not leave anyone behind) -- to self-employed people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Farmers who had previously registered with the ministry can check their approval status at www.เยียวยาเกษตรกร.com [Help the farmers],” said Chalermchai. “In case the approved registrants do not have a BAAC account, they can also choose to receive money via their account in other banks through the website. Please make sure to input the correct ID card number, telephone number and the bank account number.”

Chalermchai added that the Office of Agricultural Economics had already transferred the first instalment amounting to Bt25 billion to the BAAC on Wednesday (May 13), while the next batch will be transferred on May 20. “The BAAC will receive Bt25 billion every week six times, therefore the disbursement to farmers at 1 million households per day should be continuous with no problem,” he added.

“The ministry has also coordinated with the Ministry of Finance to make sure that approved applicants are not overlapping with those already approved for handouts in the Rao Mai Thing Gun scheme,” Chalermchai said.

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Re: Most farmers pleased with minister Chalermchai's performance
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2020, 12:01:04 AM »
Most farmers pleased with minister Chalermchai's performance

Some 89.4 per cent of farmers in a Super Poll opinion survey showed the thumbs up to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sreeon’s efforts to solve problems relating to agriculture.

Noppadon Kannika, director of Super Poll Research Centre, said on Saturday (May 23) that the poll surveyed 1,040 farmers nationwide from May 19 to 22.

“We collected the data using various methods, including telephone interviews, site visits, and social data collection,” he said.

When asked what farmers want the ministry to do, 82.4 per cent of respondents want access to agricultural resources, 71.5 per cent want higher crop insurance, 69.2 per cent want access to agricultural markets, 65.7 per cent sought a solution to the fertilizer prices issue, and 64.1 per cent want help with production costs.

Asked what measures pleased them, 85.9 per cent of respondents liked the cash handouts for farmers and crop insurance, while 65 per cent liked the ministry’s move to increase crop price, 31.2 per cent liked rubber insurance, 19.1 per cent liked flood protection projects, and 18.2 liked water reservation to tackle drought.

Asked to evaluate the Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister's performance, 76.2 per cent of respondents cited his ability to solve problems, 64.8 per cent mentioned solving problems quickly, 62.9 per cent cited readiness to immediately help farmers, 62.4 per cent spoke of his friendliness, and 57.4 per cent cited his not having conflict of interest.

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Payment of cash handouts to over 250,000 farmers stuck due to lack of account numbers

The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has announced that it is not able to provide assistance funds to 256,802 farmers because they have failed to provide their account number when registering for aid via the https://www.เยียวยาเกษตรกร.com website.

The Agriculture Ministry has provided the bank with funds for almost 6 million farmers, who are entitled to payments of Bt5,000 per month for three months as part of the government’s Rao Mai Thing Kan (we won’t leave anyone behind) scheme.

The bank has issued a notice calling on farmers who have registered to ensure they have provided all the pertinent information, otherwise, they may lose the opportunity to get government assistance.

Meanwhile, 20,177 farmers have filed appeals in relation to their aid money from May 19 to 27. Of the cases, the Department of Agriculture Extension is responsible for 18,242, the Department of Livestock Development 1,308, the Department of Fisheries 377, Rubber Authority of Thailand 209, the Office of Cane and Sugar Board 32, the Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture six and the Excise Department three.

So far, only 774 of the cases have been solved, 18,062 are under consideration, while 1,341 cases have been forwarded to the committee tasked with approving payments.

Between May 15 and 27, Bt28.603 billion had been transferred to the farmers, while on May 27, BAAC paid Bt2.494 billion to 498,925 farmers.

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