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RID asks farmers in 22 provinces to hold off on planting new crops

 

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BANGKOK, 10th September 2018 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has told 22 provinces along the Chao Phraya River to hold off on planting any more rice crops in 2018 as the land may be needed for water retention from this month onward. 

RID Director-General Thongplew Kongchan has circulated a memo to the governors of 22 provinces along the Chao Phraya River, calling on them to urge their constituents to hold off on planting another rice crop this year. The provinces since May 1 of this year have planted a total 7.06 million rai of rice crops and harvested 2.92 million Rai. 

Rice farms are at-risk of damage from flooding between now and October and the RID has identified much of the land in the 22 provinces as required for the retention of water to be saved for the period of drought, expected to follow soon after. Harvesting of existing crops is expected to be completed by mid-September. 

The RID has announced its plans to retain water in 13 fields and has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives to ensure an understanding of the situation among farmers.

 
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-- nnt 2018-09-10

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Hopefully the farmers will be compensated for their sacrifice so Bangkok can survive another year.

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Hopefully the farmers will be compensated for their sacrifice so Bangkok can survive another year.
Interesting point about surviving. There'll come a time when the BKK fight with rising water levels becomes unwinnable, given rising sea levels and therefore reducing ability to handle natural flooding from up north.
What then?

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1 hour ago, edwinchester said:

Hopefully the farmers will be compensated for their sacrifice so Bangkok can survive another year.

I hope so too, they should get good compensation. But the farmers are also to blame for the floodings as the task of keeping the dams full enough for watering the fields during the dry season. If the dams were only used for flood control and not to store water for farmers a larger safety margin could be used and there would never be any flooding of BKK.

 

So its not only the farmers taking a hit for BKK but also BKK taking extra risks for the farmers. So its not as one sided as farmers sacrificing themselves for BKK.. the high risks would not be there if the dams did not have 2 conflicting purposes.

 

Anyway, still I hope for good compensation.. and its money well spend as a flood of BKK would be far more expensive.

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3 minutes ago, Esso49 said:

No floods this year,  right ? where did I read that ?

In a fantasy book, there are floods every year.. the worst of them in 2011.. when the lady in charge kept saying no flooding too... guess what they all lie to safe face.. and its the normal people that suffer for their arrogance.

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