Reserved water enough for in-season rice growing

News and Press Release
Originally published
View original

BANGKOK, 15 May 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has expressed confidence that the water amounts in major dams nationwide will suffice people’s consumption and farming despite the forecasted drought in June and July.

Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Theera Wongsamut said the water levels at all major dams are currently at 55% of their capacity, which is considered sufficient. He revealed that during the past drought season, farmers were encouraged to use water sparingly and grow crops that are resistant to drought.

Meanwhile, the Minister assured that there will be enough supply of water for in-season rice cultivation from the beginning of the rainy season all the way through the end. Even though intermittent rainfall, which has been predicted to occur in June and July, could threaten rice crops, he believed the water in the dams will be able to cover for the shortfall.

As for the flood prevention program, Mr. Theera said flood walls and sluice gates, which were destroyed during last year’s flood, have now been 55% restored in Chai Nat province and 95% in Sing Buri. The restoration is said to help prevent runoff from the Chao Phraya River from flowing into the central provinces of Chai Nat, Sing Buri and Lop Buri.