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Measures announced for drought-stricken farmers

By The Nation

 

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Thammanat Prompao, deputy minister of agriculture and cooperatives, has reiterated the remedial measures for farmers affected by the drought that are to be proposed to the cabinet on July 30. 

 

The remedial measures are divided into two steps. The first involves ugently filling the reservoirs by creating artificial rain in cooperation with the army, the air force and the police who will assist the aircraft in each rain-making unit, bringing the total number of aircraft to 26, Moreover, the department of groundwater of the ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will be assisted by army technicians in drilling for groundwater in selected areas.

 

Officers will investigate areas damaged by the drought to ascertain level of compensation. The department of rice has varietals which will be distributed to farmers for planting in the remainder of this year’s season in areas expected to see rain in August. One thousand tons of white rice varietals will be grown and this quantity is expected sufficient to meet needs.

 

For preliminary compensation, the government will declare the drought area as a disaster zone in accordance with the finance ministry’s regulations. The totally damaged fields will receive the compensation of 1,130 per rai for each farmer registered with the department of agricultural while farmers indebted to the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will see their repayment suspended for 3 years from the original 2 years. Unregistered farmers will receive 1 year’s debt-free grace. 

 

A source from the ministry of agriculture and cooperatives said the BACC was offering a range of financial support measures, as follows:

 

1. Quick loans of Bt50,000 per person with 7-per-cent MRR interest rate for supporting short-term crop production and career cash-flow.

 

2.Financial support for life quality development for disaster victims who can borrow Bt50,000 per person with 2-per-cent MRR interest rate or 5 times the repayment within 15 years.

 

3. Loan for emergency expenses not exceeding Bt50,000 per person for daily expenses in order to prevent farmers falling victim to loan sharks.

 

The measures of drought mitigation from the cooperative promotion department include funding with a credit limit of Bt1.6 billion and 1-per-cent interest for 3-5 years. Under this scheme, members can borrow from Bt30,000 to Bt50,000 through 3 programmes: career promotion for cooperative members affected by drought with a credit limit of Bt600 million; water resource provision for members (credit limit of Bt400 million), and financial support for professional development (credit limit Bt600 million). There are 734 cooperatives interested in this project.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30373432

 

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No mention of any measures for Hotels,Homeowners,if we don't

get a lot more rain,up in the North and NE, at the end of the wet

season !, its a very long time before it really rains again and the

reservoirs are no way full enough to last that long,IMHO.

 

 regards worgeordie

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They filled the dam near me with 20% less water last year and left many farmers without water.  It is their new policy to do this and build monkey cheeks  Now the farmers are changing the crops they plant.  Every other year they normally fill the dam.  There was plenty of rain.

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

The first involves ugently filling the reservoirs by creating artificial rain

 

9 hours ago, webfact said:

the department of groundwater of the ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will be assisted by army technicians in drilling for groundwater in selected areas

Beggars belief !

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15 hours ago, webfact said:

The totally damaged fields will receive

Year after year during Prayut's "pre-election" government he has taken the exact same actions, only varying the amounts of subsidies, loans and debt forgiveness. He has taught the farmers by example, 'if you keep planting the same every year, Prayut will bail you out.' But put farmer's into more household debt - but who cares as Prayut will merely repeat his "solutions" again.

More past programs:

  • Rainmaking has never by my recall reversed a drought or prevented a drought. Even recently the efforts were delayed because there was a lack of rain clouds in the target area. And sometimes clouds move where rain isn't needed. But you'll see pictures of aircraft spraying empty air. Is it all about "presentation?"
  • Army technicians in drilling for groundwater in selected areas is a repeat. In January 2016 Thai authorities rushed to drill thousands of wells across the country to ensure enough water for drinking and washing, as farmers grapple with a drought and a months-long water shortage. https://www.reuters.com/article/thailand-drought-idUSL8N1532E7
  • Officers will investigate areas damaged by the drought to ascertain level of compensation. Why? In 2016 the Prayut government created the Natinal Rice Insurance Scheme that provided additional compensation ("top-off payment") for total production losses within an area declared a "disaster area." Insurance covered flood or excessive rain, drought, frost, windstorm/typhoon, fire, hail, etc. And farmers essentially got the insurance at no cost - they just had to register for the insurance and apparently 1.57 million rice farmers did. See PowerPoint presentation  https://a2ii.org/.../cf9_session_1_thailands_national_rice_insurance_scheme_sg_edited.. (read only) and https://www.tbs.tu.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Dec-2016-Sommarat-Chantarat.pdf

In short, nothing new nor sustaining is being investigated nor proposed. For four years this Ministry has gone "through the motions" and it appears it will continue to do so. As will the farmers.

 

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16 hours ago, worgeordie said:

No mention of any measures for Hotels,Homeowners,if we don't

get a lot more rain,up in the North and NE, at the end of the wet

season !, its a very long time before it really rains again and the

reservoirs are no way full enough to last that long,IMHO.

 

 regards worgeordie

Grand Solar Minimum & Droughts. 

 

Massive food shortages are coming... for everyone. 

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No worries it'll be flooding in the next couple months. Rinse and repeat. 

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Appears the measures are borrowing money so if the rains don't come you can drown in debt 🤔

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