Cabinet okays handout for farmers, former campaign to now cover 16m people

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The Cabinet on Tuesday (April 28) approved the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry’s proposal that 10 million farming households be given Bt15,000 each, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said. 

A budget of Bt150 billion has been set aside for this endeavour. 

The money will be distributed over three months at Bt5,000 a month, similar to the Finance Ministry’s earlier cash handout of Bt5,000 for self-employed and freelance workers affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The earlier campaign became known as “Rao Mai Thing Kan” or “we don’t leave anyone behind”. 

“The Cabinet also agreed to expand the beneficiaries under the ‘Rao Mai Thing Gun’ by another 2 million people from the original limit of 14 million,” Narumon said. “This will boost the total budget for the said campaign from Bt210 billion to Bt240 billion.