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Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation opens new rainmaking base in Chanthaburi

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CHANTHABURI, 4 March 2016 (NNT) – The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) has unveiled its new base of operations in Chanthaburi Province today, allowing rainmaking operations to relieve the local farmers under the plight of the ongoing drought.

Chanthaburi Governor Somsak Parisuttho Hemtanont today led a group of officials and the general public to welcome and thank the DRRAA rainmaking unit, which has begun operating at its new base in Chanthaburi at Tha Mai Airport.

Chanthaburi Ranking Unit Chief Surapan Suwanpaiboon has revealed that the ongoing drought disaster has affected farmers due to the lack of consumption water, thus the DRRAA has deployed a unit of 35 officers and 3 aircrafts to operate from the base in Chanthaburi serving the provinces of Chanthaburi, Trat, and Sa Kaeo.

The rainmaking operation is set to commence immediately, as soon as humidity levels are suitable to conduct the operation.

Chanthaburi is a province with many fruits and economic plant farms which generates much income to Thailand. The consequences to farming from the drought disaster will cause severe damages and diminish farmers' income.

The royal rainmaking project was initiated by His Majesty the King to help farmers suffering from the lack of water.

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