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Water to be distributed to rice paddies in Phitsanulok and Sukhothai

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PHITSANULOK, 30 March 2017 (NNT) - The Royal Irrigation Department is set to release water to the low-lying area of Thung Bang Rakham in Phitsanulok to allow farmers to grow rice ahead of the rainy season.

According to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya, there is a need to discharge water to the low-lying area of Thung Bang Rakham to allow farmers in both Phitsanulok and Sukhothai provinces to start rice farming before other provinces as this particular area will later be used as a water retention area during the rainy season.

The Royal Irrigation Department will begin releasing the water to the area from Friday onwards. The water is expected to benefit 260,000 rais of farmland in both provinces.

On May 1st, water will be distributed to low-lying areas in Nakhon Sawan, covering 1.1 million rais, while higher grounds will start receiving water when the rainy season begins.