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Krabi farmers threaten airport blockade

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PHUKET: Krabi palm oil and rubber plantation workers have threatened to blockade Krabi Airport if the government does not increase the legal minimum prices for their produce by next Thursday.

More than 500 plantation workers gathered in front of Krabi Provincial Hall on Tuesday morning to file a complaint to be handed to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The complaint calls for the government to increase the minimum price of raw rubber to 120 baht per kilogram and palm fruit to 5 baht per kilo.

The current regulated minimum prices, as set by the Ministry of Commerce’s Department of Internal Trade on May 14, are 81.5 baht per kilogram for raw rubber and 3.5 baht per kilogram for palm fruit.

“If we have not heard anything back from the government 10 days from now [by May 23], we will block the airport,” protest leader Chamnan Makpol warned.

Mr Chamnan accused the national government of failing to provide assistance to farmers across Southern Thailand.

“We have been in a difficult period since Ms Yingluck was elected prime minister. The rubber and palm fruit prices have kept falling, but she has never really helped us. She just works on creating her good image from time to time,” he said.

“In the past, when she distributed 40 billion baht to help poor farmers, the money never went to us. It all went to the middleman. Poor people like us got nothing,” he added.

Mr Chamnan pointed out that plans to provide financial assistance to rice farmers across the North and Northeast of Thailand, the heartland of the ruling Pheu Thai Party’s voter base, were already in motion.

“The government should care about us more. They should not just think that we are ‘yellow shirts’ and ignore us, and support only ‘red-shirt’ farmers in the North and Northeast. They haven’t even grown the rice yet, but the government has already set up a budget to support them,” he said.

“We don’t want to pressure the government, but we want to let them know we are in serious trouble,” he added.

Krabi Provincial Chief Administrative Officer Weera Jantharathipparak received the complaint on behalf of Krabi Governor Prasit Osathanon, who is in Bangkok on official business.

“I will report the problem to PM Yingluck immediately and will call in other relevant organizations to discuss it” Mr Weera said.

Satisfied for now, the protesters dispersed, but vowed to return in 10 days to see if their request is to be acted on.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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