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30 March 2012 :: 16:03:43 pm 62875

Angry pineapple farmers may block southern route

BANGKOK, 30 March 2012 - Thousands of pineapple farmers have threatened to block a southern-bound road on Friday, demanding solutions to oversupply and price drops.
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According to Somchit Nguikai, a leader of the protesting farmers, pineapple farmers have gathered since 8 am this morning to close off two lanes of south-bound Phetchakasem road in Prachuab Khiri Khan province. The farmers have also threatened to intensify their protest if the upshot of today’s National Pineapple meeting is not satisfying.

The farmers, prior to this protest, requested that the government assist them by earmarking over 800 million baht to buy an excess of 200,000 tons of pineapple at four baht a kilogram, taking them out of the system in order to prop up the price.

More than 10,000 farmers have shown up in the protest today. Mr.Somchit said they would dump pineapples on the road if their demand was not met.

Meanwhile, Pol.Maj.Gen.Wichian Tantiya, chief of Prachuab Khirikhan Provincial Police, has deployed thousands of riot control officers and plainclothes police to maintain order; vowing that no road blockage will be allowed as the closure of Phetchakasem road will affect transportation to the South.

Report by : NNT

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