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BAAC sets aside Bt55 bn for loans to drought-affected farmers

By THE NATION

 

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A fund worth Bt55 billion has been set aside to grant soft loans to farmers affected by this year’s severe drought, a senior BAAC official said on August 22. 

 

A fund worth Bt55 billion has been set aside to grant soft loans to farmers affected by this year’s severe drought, a senior official from the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) said on August 22. 

 

Speaking at an event in Surin province, assistant BAAC manager Somkiat Kimaoha said the 1 million loans of Bt50,000 each will be interest free in first-year repayment, while those repaying the loan in two to five years will have to pay a low unspecified interest rate. 

 

He said Bt50 billion will be used to provide loans worth Bt50,000 each until December 31, adding that the remaining Bt5 billion will cover loans for farmers who want to restore their farm’s fertility or want to switch to crops that do not require too much water. 

 

The Bt5 billion will cover 10,000 loans of Bt500,000 each, which can be repaid over 15 years at an interest rate of 5 per cent. 

 

Somkiat said farmers registered with the Department of Agriculture Extension are entitled to receive compensation for drought at the rate of Bt500 per rai for no more than 20 rai.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30375218

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-08-22

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Good to see a positive initiative, but just not sure if more debt is the right answer?

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Is there any limit to the number of back-to-back soft loans a farmer can get?

Since Prayut became PM it seems the government has backed more than a dozen sequential soft loans to farmers through the BAAC over the past five years, in some cases cancelling defaults on loan payments.

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