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Thailand: Buri Ram expedites effort to help farmers affected by flooding

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Surveys of inundated land in Buri Ram province show that over 50,000 rai of farmland have been damaged due to flooding, prompting the provincial agricultural office to expedite efforts to alleviate the situation.

Provincial Agricultural Official of Buri Ram Somboon Saram revealed that a second wave of flooding has brought the total of inundated land in the province to 130,000 rai with over 50,000 rai of farmland damaged as farmers were unable to harvest their crops in time. The authority has reported its findings to the provincial agricultural office for the consideration of aid funding and has instructed district level authorities to inspect for any additional damage.

Mr. Somboon revealed however that rice farmers can still salvage moist rice by drying the rice and encouraged them to participate in the government rice mortgage project which offers up to 15,000 baht per tonne, 3,000 baht more than market sale prices.