Satisfied by govt subsidy, Thai rubber farmers call off protest
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai rubber farmers have called off demonstrations planned for the weekend after the government doubled its subsidy for production and offered help for people arrested in protests last week, a farmers' leader said on Wednesday.
"We are quite satisfied with the government subsidy. We can tell you for sure now there will be no protest this weekend," said Mr Amnuay Yutitham, leader of a group representing farmers from 16 southern provinces, where most Thai rubber is produced.
The government has promised a subsidy that should lift farmers' income to around 90 baht (S$3.60) per kg, versus a market price of around 80 baht.
It has also indicated it could provide help for those caught up in the violence during the protests.