Rubbery funds

1 12 2018

Rice farmers and rubber planters are quite different. In the junta’s politics, rubber planters are seen as the most loyal of junta supporters. Throughout its tenure following the illegal 2014 coup, the junta has been concerned about the price of rubber and the political impact of falling prices. Part of the reason for this political position has to do with the support given by planters to the anti-democrats in 2013-14, Some of our earlier posts on support for rubber planters are here, here and here.

With an “election” to be stolen-won, the Bangkok Post reports that yet another “financial package aimed at assisting rubber farmers and stemming the tumbling price of rubber” is being doled out.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach sounded not unlike previous elected governments as he earlier was offering 3000 baht a rai in support. aid the first measure will help rubber farmers troubled by the depressed prices of rubber. That now seems to be “a grant of 1,800 baht per rai, not exceeding 15 rai each … adding that the measure is intended to help farmers offset the cost of living.” (We have to say that we are unsure if these two figures are about different schemes or need to be added together or one replaces the other.)

The 1800 baht is divided between land owners and tappers, with a budget of “17.5-billion-baht budget to support the scheme.” It supports “999,065 rubber farm owners and 304,266 tappers…”.

A second measure to boost the price of rubber is to use it in “the construction of roads using asphalt mixed with rubber latex.” That scheme costs “92.3 billion baht would be budgeted by local administrative organisations to fund this scheme.” Of that, 16.3 billion is for latex.

The ministry is also advancing credit of 5 billion baht that “will be extended to support rubber processing for export…” and is looking at supporting farmers out of rubber planting.

There’s a lot of billions there. How much does a vote cost?


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2 12 2018
The election splurge | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] cue, after splurging on rubber planters, the junta has come up with yet another way to use taxpayer money to improve the electoral appeal […]

2 12 2018
The election splurge | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] cue, after splurging on rubber planters, the junta has come up with yet another way to use taxpayer money to improve the electoral appeal […]

3 12 2018
The election splurge I | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] cue, after splurging on rubber planters, the junta has come up with yet another way to use taxpayer money to improve the electoral appeal […]

3 12 2018
Updated: The election splurge I | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] cue, after splurging on rubber planters, the junta has come up with yet another way to use taxpayer money to improve the electoral appeal […]




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