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Agriculture Min outlines measures to aid farmers [Video]

Among the seven Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives’ initiatives set for 2020 are measures to do with water management to avoid drought and caring for farmers and fishermen.Keep watching ...

Alarm over drastic drop in dam levels

The low level of useable water in the country’s four major dams have raised concerns over the likelihood of serious, widespread droughts during the dry season next year.The volume of water currently stored in the country’s four key dams accounts for just 47% of their ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Paddy output to decline due to conditions

Thailand’s annual paddy production for both the main and second crops is forecast at 27-28 million tonnes in the 2019-20 season, weighed down by a drop in production for the second crop because of flooding and drought.Whichai Phochanakij, director-general of the Internal Trade Department, who ...

Phusadee Arunmas

Thailand asks farmers not to grow off-season rice on drought worries

The Thai government has asked farmers in 22 provinces to not grow off-season rice, as the country braced for a dry spell amid low water levels in main reservoirs.Thailand, the world’s second-largest rice exporter after India, will not have enough water to grow the crop ...

Panarat Thepgumpanat

Cabinet approves new water management guidelines

The cabinet has approved a package of draft ministerial regulations necessary for enhancing cooperation in water resource management and better handling of flood and drought crises, according to the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR).Somkiat Prajamwong, the ONWR’s secretary-general, said several of the 11 draft ...

Mongkol Bangprapa

RID addresses drought in Chao Phraya River basin

The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has announced a plan to provide water for consumption for communities in the Chao Phraya River basin while affirming that the amount of water for agricultural activities in the area will be sufficient throughout the rainy season.Keep watching ...

Mekong River at its lowest in 100 years, threatening food supply

A severe drought that has caused water levels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River to drop to their lowest in more than 100 years could have devastating consequences for fish, as well as the tens of millions of people living and working along the river, experts ...

Dams drying up, drought may drag into 2020

With water levels still critical at several dams around Thailand, officials speculate that drought impacts could persist into 2020, possibly having a catastrophic effect on next year’s growing season.In the West, Vajiralongkorn Dam in Kanchanaburi is at 51 per cent capacity with 4,500 million cubic ...

The Nation Reporter

Irrigation chief eases fears of water shortage

There is no risk of Thailand suffering severe water shortage in 40 days as widely feared, Royal Irrigation Department (RID) chief Thongplew Kongchan affirmed, despite the low levels of usable water at the Chao Phraya River basin’s four major dams.He instructed irrigation projects to strictly ...

The Nation Reporter

Xayaburi Dam in clear, says operator

The unseasonal drought currently affecting the lower Mekong Region has alerted both the public and the authorities to the activities of a series of dams further upstream on the international river.Jinghong Dam in China and Xayaburi Dam in Laos are both being blamed for the ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

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