Thai finance ministry mulls handouts for farmers hinh anh 1People line up to see if they have received the government's 5,000-baht cash handout for informal workers in Bangkok's Navamin area. (Photo:

Bangkok (VNA) –
Thailand’s Ministry of Finance met on April 9 to hash out details of a planned cash handout for almost 9 million farmers to inject liquidity into the economy amid the slowdown brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said the ministry was still considering the handout amount and downplayed speculation of a subsidy worth 30,000 THB (nearly 1,000 USD) for eligible households.

However, it will be directly transferred to farmers as in the past, he said, adding that the ministry will finalise details as soon as possible.

However, Uttama admitted he did not know whether the handout can be rolled out by the end of the month, saying the proposed handout is only one of several relief measures which will be funded by the government's 1-trillion-THB emergency loan.

Director of the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) Lavaron Sangsnit said the amount may not be equal to the 5,000-THB handout paid to informal workers, as farmers are not considered as directly affected by the pandemic, because it is not growing season at the moment./.