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Thai farmers protest at rice subsidy cut


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Thai farmers protest at rice subsidy cut

Farmers in Thailand have protested at a government move to cut by 20 percent the price it pays for surplus produce.

About 200 marched in Bangkok and handed in a letter to the prime minister.

Critics of the current scheme say it is wasteful, corrupt, forces up export prices and threatens the Thai government’s plans to balance its budget.

But farmers claim the cuts will cause them huge losses.

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