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Thai Shrimp Farmers Threaten Road Block in Protest

by Ellen Hardy
09 June 2008, at 1:00am

THAILAND - Shrimp farmers in six southern provinces are threatening a protest including blocking a major roadway unless the government is able to provide measures to address the shrimp price slump.

Speaking on Modernnine TV's Morning News Programme, Kardbandit Rammak, core member of the shrimp farmers' group, said should the government fail to conclude relief measures on Friday, the farmers would gather to block Tinsulanond Bridge in Songkhla province, report the Bangkok Post.

In the past, he said, previous governments had come up with short term measures, but none had ever provided a long-term plan.

"Shrimp farmers do need to come out to keep the government informed of their great suffering," Mr Kardbundit said. "Actually, we don't want to stage any rally that inconveniences the public."

"What the farmers want the government to help with as a matter of urgency is to implement a shrimp-pledging scheme or intervene in the shrimp prices," said Mr Kardbundit.

View the Bangkok Post story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy