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Chiang Mai tells farmers to delay planting rice, raising fish 

By The Nation

 

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The Chiang Mai provincial administration is looking into the possibilities of digging well to cope with future water shortages and will also seek cooperation from farmers to delay planting rice and raising fish in rivers when the water level is low, the deputy governor said Monday.

 

Komsan Suwanampha said the provincial administration was contemplating digging underground wells in the southern part of the province, which is outside existing irrigation projects, to prevent water shortages in the future. Farmers will be encouraged to form groups to dig underground wells so that they would have enough water for farming in the future.

 

Komsan said the provincial administration is confident that the remaining water would be enough for consumption at rate of about 1 million cubic metres per month.

 

But water from reservoirs in the northern province cannot be released for irrigation purpose so farmers should refrain from planting rice for now and villagers who raise fish in cages on rivers should stop after harvesting, Komsan said.

 

He said the provincial administration will try its best to help rice farmers who planted their crops earlier as well as longan orchard owners but farmers who plant new crops after the warning the warning will not get compensation.

 

Komsan said officials will also relocate water pumps in southern districts, such as Chom Thong, from downstream to upstream of reservoirs so that the pumps could draw water to alleviate the water shortage.

 

The Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office will also set up drought alleviation operation centres in all districts.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30373360

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

The Chiang Mai provincial administration is looking into the possibilities of digging well to cope with future water shortages and will also seek cooperation from farmers to delay planting rice and raising fish in rivers when the water level is low, the deputy governor said Monday.

Are they really serious with this statement....!!!!

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Without rain to flood the fields, planting rice is all but a moot point.  Raising fish? Goldfish in a aquarium maybe. 

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38 minutes ago, Geoffggi said:
2 hours ago, webfact said:

The Chiang Mai provincial administration is looking into the possibilities of digging well to cope with future water shortages and will also seek cooperation from farmers to delay planting rice and raising fish in rivers when the water level is low, the deputy governor said Monday.

Are they really serious with this statement....!!!!

Seems pretty obvious to me. If the water levels low, and you 'raise' the fish, they'll die as soon as they're higher than the water. Fish not too good at breathing fresh air.

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It sounds like the gov nor the people know what a contingency plan is...

 

no rain this season should actually help lesson air pollution next year...

 

oh wait, the people can still burn their garbage if no fields to burn...

 

 

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1 hour ago, Geoffggi said:

Are they really serious with this statement....!!!!

More than likely yes. Wife and I lived in Doi Saket. Had a nice setup. The photo is of the backyard and a very full pond that was feed by rain or our well. To the left of the photos rice paddies that were irrigated from the Mae Kuang Dam. This area gets two and sometimes 3 crops a year. Twice in a 7 year period as I recall water was not released for rice. Directly next to our house on the paddy side the farmers had bored a 4 inch well. Water table was only about 4 meter down in that area. Farmers needed water and they had a gentleman with a trailer/generator and a deep well submersible pump. He would set up on our soi directly in front of us. That generator would run 3 days at 24 hours straight. That one bore took care of about 20 rai. There were other bores in the area. BTW I would go chat with the gent and we would have a beer or two.😋

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If the drought continues,the Hotels,householders will be lucky 

to have water never mind the farmers.

Will the farmers take notice of been told not to grow ice,

hell no, but will be looking for help from the Government 

when it dies.

regards Worgeordie

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2 hours ago, Geoffggi said:

Are they really serious with this statement....!!!!

Unfortunately yes.... deadly serious!

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3 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Seems pretty obvious to me. If the water levels low, and you 'raise' the fish, they'll die as soon as they're higher than the water. Fish not too good at breathing fresh air.

Hope they do not then burn them and cause more smoke pollution!

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China, world’s #1 polluter, probably has a hand in global warming, and thus, in this drought.

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1 hour ago, Isaan sailor said:

China, world’s #1 polluter, probably has a hand in global warming, and thus, in this drought.

read Rosenfeld et. al. in Science, Feb 8, 2019.  we have seriously underestimated the aerosol effect so in fact China is not the problem.  what is the problem is tourism and air travel.  the experts will tell you it is "only 3 percent" or "only 8 percent" of Co2 emissions but that is dividing by all 7,800 million of us.  science says that is correct,  but knowing how people think it is not.  6,400 million of us have never been inside an airplane even once in their life...... yet.  but once someone makes any choices in life such as where to live or go to school or work.... and their family, social, personal, business or professional life is dependent on air travel... they become either fake "Climate Believers" or folks like Donald Trump who know that the only thing that makes any sense is a better border wall.  because of drought precipitation projections for upper South America and most of Mexico in the immediately following years.   

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6 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Seems pretty obvious to me. If the water levels low, and you 'raise' the fish, they'll die as soon as they're higher than the water. Fish not too good at breathing fresh air.

Probably he is referring to the fact that here in Chiang Mai they planted rice about a month ago everywhere. So the government telling the farmers now to delay planting rice sounds like a bad joke, because the rice is already planted.

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As usual in the Land of Short Memories, these well-intended but very simplistic plans for water management should have been in effect decades ago. But once again wait until the  s h i t  hits the fan, then issue knee-jerk reactionary attempted face-saving rescue plan which may or may not ever be made into reality. Meanwhile poor farmers continue to be screwed by pathetically failed water management bureaucrats. Not long since they were gratuitously and ineffectively spraying (wasting) large volumes of water in the air to knock down the equally inexcusable air pollution. 

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