Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has promised to construct a four-lane road in Buri Ram as part of the government's 2-trillion-baht infrastructure scheme.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra meets a farmer group at Ban Limthong in Buri Ram’s Nang Rong district during her two-day trip to monitor the progress of government policy in the Northeast yesterday. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
Ms Yingluck was speaking during her inspection trip to Buri Ram's Nang Rong district yesterday.
She was accompanied by Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt, Science and Technology Minister Pirapan Palusuk and national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew, among others.
She said a project will be launched to improve Road No.24 from Nang Rong district to Ubon Ratchathani, with the road to be expanded to four lanes.
The project will begin as soon as the budget for the 2-trillion-baht infrastructure overhaul is disbursed, she said.
She said the route from the district to Prasat Hin Khao Phanom Rung, the ancient Hindu temple in Chalerm Phrakiat district, will also be improved to promote tourism.
The prime minister also visited several projects including the innovation learning centre which is run by the Thaicom Foundation in Ban Limthong in tambon Nong Bot in Nang Rong district.
Ms Yingluck told villagers the government wanted to help people in the province earn more income.
The government has set up several funds such as the village fund and the women's empowerment fund to ensure residents can have access to financial sources.
The government will also look at ways to promote locals' careers given that Buri Ram grows plants such as sugar cane which are used to produce sources of alternative energy, Ms Yingluck said.
Ms Yingluck and her entourage then flew by helicopter to Muang district to preside over the launch of the second phase of a farmers credit card project at Ban Non Sila School in tambon Thalunglek.
There, she gave farmers a credit card which they can use to purchase supplies such as fertiliser, seed, pesticides and fuel from major suppliers at an interest-free rate for four months.
The farmer credit card was a major campaign promise of the Pheu Thai Party during the 2011 election campaign.
The credit cards are aimed at providing credit for farmers to buy farm supplies as most cannot easily borrow from banks.
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is authorised by the government to issue the credit cards. Since the first phase of the project began last July, more than two million cards have been issued, amounting to a credit line of 43.66 billion baht.
About 6.5 billion baht has been spent with the cards. The cards will be issued to four million farmers by September.
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