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Thailand asks farmers not to grow off-season rice on drought worries

 

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FILE PHOTO: A woman shows collected rice seeds during the annual royal ploughing ceremony in central Bangkok, Thailand, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai government has asked farmers in 22 provinces to not grow off-season rice, as the country braced for a dry spell amid low water levels in main reservoirs.

 

Thailand, the world’s second-largest rice exporter after India, will not have enough water to grow the crop in some 960,000 hectares of rice fields around the Chao Phraya River basin in the coming months, authorities said on Monday.

 

Water in the country’s four main reservoirs covering the 22 provinces currently stood at 5.4 billion cubic meter, a level lower than 12 billion a year earlier, said Thaweesak Thanadachophol, deputy director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department.

 

“That’s enough for consumption but not for off-reason rice growing,” Thaweesak said.

 

“So we’ve asked farmers not to grow rice.”

 

Off-season rice growing usually starts in November and harvest begins in February. Thailand entered a dry season on Nov. 1, which is expected to last through to April 30 next year.

 

Last month, the cabinet approved a series of drought management measures, including drilling groundwater wells and making artificial rain.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-11-11
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Around Chiang Rai, seems to be plenty of water in the irrigation channels. Looks like bumper crops.

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31 minutes ago, bangkokfrog said:

And of course they will all comply with this polite request (NOT). The government are effectively asking them to give up half a year's income. Surely there is a more practical solution?

Maybe a 10 billion baht stimulus package that they can borrow from! Sink them further into the debt cesspit!

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11 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The Thai government has asked farmers in 22 provinces to not grow off-season rice,

asking farmers not to farm ? won't work or certainly won't work well enough

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1 hour ago, bangkokfrog said:

And of course they will all comply with this polite request (NOT). The government are effectively asking them to give up half a year's income. Surely there is a more practical solution?

 

In our district ( Chaiyaphum province, many farmers failed their main crop if rice, and sugar looks poor too.

 

They won't plant a second crop. All the near canals and ponds bone dry.

In the meantime, price of sticky rice, the issan preference, hit 50thb/kg.

 

The question, how will the issan farmers eat? Cos poor rice and sugar crops directly mean less income, not only from farming, but also cutting for others.

Lots of new small business sprouted up, mainly small eateries, in hope to create an income to compensate for the farming losses...but without money, most of these empty, and will only lead to more losses ( and drive more to the loan sharks).

 

Even if someone would have rice or sugar, the exchange rate put pressure on them.

 

But Thailand is doing great in all front!!

 

 

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13 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

“So we’ve asked farmers not to grow rice.”

 

So what they will grow ?

 

Maize is even thirstier than rice ...

That's what I found:   grass that makes you laugh ( weed ) :crazy:

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We've had good rains. The Chao Phraya is high. What is the problem? Durian?

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The government needs to assist farmers financially if they don’t grow rices.

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The magic word is missing.

Fit  'sustainable' in there somewhere and it's fixed.

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59 minutes ago, kevin612 said:

The government needs to assist farmers financially if they don’t grow rices.

 

It's impossible, they made a " coup "  to fire Yingluck who did the same thing. :crazy:

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4 hours ago, tingtong said:

The question, how will the issan farmers eat? Cos poor rice and sugar crops directly mean less income, not only from farming, but also cutting for others.

Generally they eat what they grow.

No income required to eat.

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