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Thailand to discuss to give $154 to each farming household for three months

Christian Fernsby |
The cabinet will discuss on Tuesday a proposal to give 5,000 baht in cash to each farming household for three months to ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the agricultural sector.

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Both Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on Monday that under the proposed assistance scheme, each farming family will receiving 5,000 baht per month for three months.

The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry will be assigned to come up with a list of farmers eligible for financial assistance, while the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives will be responsible for transferring the money to them, said Mr Uttama.

The Finance Ministry had already set aside sufficient budget to fund this relief package for farmers, Mr Somkid said.

However, the government did not provide information on the estimated number of farmers and budget needed for this purpose on Monday.

The government also has plans to earmark 400 billion baht to create jobs in the provinces, as many of those who lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to return to their hometowns, said Mr Somkid.

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