Crop price scheme enters third year

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farming: The cabinet yesterday approved price guarantee schemes for rice, tapioca and corn for the 2021-22 season under a budget of 27 billion baht, Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said.

Of that money, 18 billion baht has been earmarked for five main types of rice, 7.1 billion baht for tapioca and the remaining 1.9 billion baht for corn, he said.

The price guarantee schemes for the 2021-22 season will use the same criteria as the previous season, he said, noting that this is the third consecutive year of the programmes’ operation.

The 2021/22 season will run from October to February next year.

According to Mr Jurin, the current prices of tapioca and corn are above the guaranteed prices.

He said that rice prices dropped, which could have been due to uncertainty over whether the price guarantee scheme would be extended.

Victims claim B10m bank fraud

CHAIYAPHUM: At least four people have filed a complaint with the police after finding out over 10 million baht was missing from their bank accounts, with the victims suspecting the bank’s staff had something to do with the missing funds.

Kamlai Danchaiyaphum, said her 58-year-old sister found out that over 1.8 million baht was missing from her savings account after she went to her bank to update her passbook.

Ms Kamlai said her sister found out that on Oct 8, 300,000 baht was withdrawn from her account, followed by 1.16 million baht on Oct 9 and 800,000 baht on Oct 10. She said they filed a complaint with the police after the bank refused to review the transactions.

Muang Chaiyaphum police said the bank’s staff were probably involved, as whomever did withdraw the money had copies of the victims’ ID card details. So far, four victims have come forward, police said.

B214m frozen in SRT co-op probe

FRAUD: The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has ordered to freeze assets worth 214 million baht that were allegedly acquired using money illegally taken from a State Railway of Thailand (SRT) cooperative.

The assets, which included large plots of land spread across Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Chon Buri and Phetchaburi, were frozen after the DSI expanded its investigation into a former SRT executive who is suspected of skimming money from the cooperative.

Pol Maj Yutthana Praedam, deputy director-general of the DSI, said in total 110 items worth 214 million baht were inspected and frozen, before adding the DSI will expedite its investigation so some 6,000 members of the cooperative can recoup their losses, he added.

Red Cross helps displaced get jabs

health: The Thai Red Cross Society and its partners offered a first vaccine dose to 1,295 displaced people at the Ban Tham Hin Temporary Shelter in Suan Phueng district, Ratchaburi yesterday and today.

The society joined the Ministry of Interior, Ratchaburi province, Suan Pheung Hospital, IRC, and UNHCR with the vaccination effort.

A second dose service is scheduled for next month, according to Thai Red Cross Society assistant secretary-general for external relations Apichart Chinwanno.

The campaign also uses face verification and iris recognition systems developed by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center and iRespond, which is connected with the Ministry of Public Health’s “Mor Prom” application. This has been done to help register those who do not have Thai citizenship.

The Thai Red Cross Society hopes to expand the service upon gaining additional vaccines.

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