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19 Mar 2011 description

UBON RATCHATHANI, 19 March 2011 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has established a royal rainmaking unit in the lower northeastern region to alleviate residents' hardship from severe drought.

Deputy Governor of Ubon Ratchathani Chatree Direksri presided over the opening ceremony of a royal rainmaking unit, which was set up by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in cooperation with the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation.

28 Feb 2011 description

NAKHON SAWAN, 28 February 2011 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has officially launched the Royal Rainmaking Center in Nakhon Sawan province to tackle drought problems.

The opening ceremony of the Royal Rainmaking Center was presided by Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut at Nakhon Sawan Airport, Nakhon Sawan province.

12 Nov 2010 description

HANOI, 12 November 2010 (IRIN) - Millions more people across Asia will become food insecure due to increased water scarcities, reinforcing the need for greater efficiency in both irrigated and rain-fed rice production.

"The food security of hundreds of millions of people will be adversely affected," Robert Zeigler, director-general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) told IRIN on the sidelines of the 3rd International Rice Congress in Hanoi.

The five-day conference - which concluded on 12 November - brought together more than 1,200 farmers, scientists …

03 Nov 2010 description

BANGKOK, 3 November 2010 (NNT)-The Ministries of Science and Technology and Interior are forging a plan aimed at solving drought and flood problems through advanced technology.

The two ministries have already inked an agreement to develop a strategy for Thailand in handling flood and drought problems which have plagued the country for decades.

21 Sep 2010 description

BANGKOK, 21 September 2010 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved a budget of 1.43 billion THB to assist people affected by flood and drought crises.

Following the Cabinet meeting today, Deputy Government Spokesman Watchara Kannikar stated that the Cabinet had given a green light to the budget worth around 1.43 billion THB to aid people affected by natural disasters across the country during March-June this year.

The budget will be allocated to the Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Agriculture and Cooperatives and Interior as earlier proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Major …

16 Sep 2010 description

BANGKOK (UN/ESCAP Information Services)-- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), today launched in to service a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning in Nanjing, China.

The Mechanism provides satellite products for general drought monitoring and higher resolution products for identified high drought risk areas, and assists its members in developing localized products and services for relevant decision making.

31 Aug 2010 description

FAO lowers 2010 wheat harvest estimate but supplies adequate

Unfavourable weather conditions,particularly the severe drought in the Russian Federation have led FAO to revise downward its earlier projection for the global wheat crop this year from 676=01million to 651 million tonnes.However, this does not point to a repeat of the 2008 food price crisis as ample stocks are available with traditional wheat exporters, FAO added in a statement.

17 Aug 2010 description

BANGKOK, 17 August 2010 (NNT) - A total of 27 provinces nationwide are experiencing severe dry conditions with damages on a vast expanse of farmland.

As reported by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), residents of 9,163 villages in 120 districts of 27 provinces across the country are still severely affected by drought, which has destroyed more than 1.5 million rai of farmland.

31 Jul 2010 description

Mekong region drought to affect 2010 Asian paddy harvest

Drought conditions in the greater Mekong region at the start of the planting season are expected to affect Asia's 2010 paddy harvest according to the latest FAO assessment which lowered earlier projections for the region by 6.1 million tonnes. Reductions are expected in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand as well as in the Philippines and China.

22 Jul 2010 description

BANGKOK, 22 July 2010 (NNT) - Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Teera Wongsamut indicated that the impact of the tropical storm Conson resulted in higher level of water in several dams. Rice farmers are however asked to start their in-season rice planting in early August.

Following the recent strike of tropical storm Conson in Nan province, the quantity of water flowing into the Sirikit Dam during 17-21 July 2010 totaled 173 million cubic meters, making up a reserve water in the dam at 469 million cubic meters.

22 Jul 2010 description

KHON KAEN, 22 July 2010 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister and Chief Advisor of the Chart Thai Pattana Party Major General Sanan Kajornprasart has visited Ubolrat Dam in Khon Kaen province to evaluate the current water level and the drought situation in the area.

Amidst the drought crisis, Major General Sanan, accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Theera Wongsamut, paid a visit to Ubolrat Dam in Khon Kaen province in order to assess its water reserve.

12 Jul 2010 description

BANGKOK, 12 July 2010 (NNT) - The Ministry of Interior has implemented measures to help solve drought problems in several provinces.

According to Interior Minister Chavarat Charnukul, the ministry has invited a speaker who is knowledgeable on irrigation to come in and impart his knowledge to the public, adding that the Ministry has already invited President of the Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Anat Apapirom, an expert in the field of water engineering to be its guest speaker. The ministry has also co-ordinated with related units, including the Irrigation Department, the Ministry of …

11 Jul 2010 description

BANGKOK, 11 July 2010 (NNT) -The Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (BRRAA) has requested five additional planes from the Royal Thai Air Force to enhance the agency's efficiency in rainmaking to solve drought crisis nationwide.

Director of the BRRAA Warawut Khantiyanant has disclosed that only 28 planes are currently in service for the task of rainmaking operation throughout the kingdom.

Mr Warawut said that the bureau would request that five more planes from the Royal Thai Air Force be assigned to the bureau, enabling it to boost its overall efficiency in …

01 Jul 2010 description

BANGKOK, 1 July 2010 (NNT) - The drought crisis in 44 provinces across the country has dragged down the Thai agricultural sector, as it so far has damaged agricultural crops worth nearly 14 billion THB.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut revealed that up to 44 provinces are expected to suffer from drought this year. Total damage is expected to reach nearly14 billion THB, with growers of off-season rice, pineapple, oil palm, and many other kinds of fruits being hardest hit.

Off-season rice production yield has decreased from 650 kilograms/rai to 592 kilograms.

27 Jun 2010 description

BANGKOK, 27 June 2010 (NNT) - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has expressed strong concern over the current drought crisis which has delayed the sowing of in-season rice.

Speaking on his weekly talk show, "Confidence in Thailand with PM Abhisit", the Prime Minister stated that the cabinet has assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Co-Operatives and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) to survey the number of agriculturalists who need to delay rice planting until July and have debts with the bank.

The Prime Minister elaborated that …

19 Jun 2010 description

BANGKOK, 19 June 2010 (NNT) - The energy ministry and related units will distribute over 93,000 liters of diesel to drought-stricken residents of Surin province in a bid to facilitate their transport of water supplies from other areas.

Since last month, the Energy Ministry has been cooperating with state enterprises and energy firms, such as PTT Plc and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), in reserving approximately 1.5 million liters of diesel, worth 45 million THB, for distribution to over 60 drought-hit provinces throughout the country.

17 Jun 2010 description

BANGKOK, 17 June 2010 (NNT) - The ongoing problems of drought has intensified, hampering crop yields in various provinces.

According to reports, over 10,000 rais of rice paddies in Amnat Charoen province and corn fields in Chiang Rai have been destroyed by the lack of rainfall.

In Phayao province, the dirt in the rice paddies have dried up, killing rice that has already been grown.

17 Jun 2010 description

BANGKOK, 17 June 2010 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs, Major General Sanan Kajornprasart, has reported progress of the drought alleviation mission and solutions to debts of farmers to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Speaking after meeting with the prime minister, Major General Sanan Kajornprasart reported the success of the artificial rainmaking mission and improving the drought situation in the northern provinces upon his recent provincial visits to the areas.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej recently designated three provinces to be artificial rainmaking …

13 Jun 2010 description

BANGKOK, 13 June 2010 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will continue conducting the artificial rain operation in order to increase water levels in the main dams to handle the drought crisis in different parts of Thailand.

Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Theera Wongsamut stated that the drought situation in several areas of the country had eased off but some remained critical due to unbalanced water levels in dams especially at the Sirikit dam and Bhumibol dam.

03 Jun 2010 description

BANGKOK, 3 June 2010 (NNT) - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva voices his concern over the severe drought problem, admitting that the remaining amount of water in main dams may be enough for only another 2 months.

According to the Interior Ministry, the situation in four drought-stricken provinces has alleviated while that in 25 other provinces is still a concern. The two main dams of the country are facing a continuous decline in water storage as cumulative inflow is less than water usage (outflow).