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MOAC to take measures to prevent water shortages in 28 provinces

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BANGKOK, 27 February 2016 (NNT) – Water volume in the Chao Phraya River basin has constantly reduced, prompting the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) to take measures to contain water shortages in 28 provinces.

MOAC Inspector Suraphol Charuphong has revealed the overall volume of water in major water reservoirs was only about three billion cubic meters with signs of constantly reducing, affecting the cultivation of rice in the Chao Phraya and Mae Klong river basins.

He said the MOAC has been providing relief aid to the affected farmers through a knowledge disseminating campaign and to manufacturing factories as well as encouraging the farmers to cultivate plants which will not need so much water or turn to other occupations apart from agriculture.

The inspector has cited a survey showing 28 provinces in Thailand likely to face water shortages, adding that the MOAC will drill more artesian wells and allocate water for consumption as well as contain influx of seawater to prevent it from adulterating the production of tap water.

The Royal Irrigation Department can still supply 18 billion cubic meters of water for the production of tap water daily, which is considered sufficient for general consumption, he said.

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