CHIANG MAI (NNT) - Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, Capt Thammanat Prompao has inspected royal rainmaking operations in the northern region of Thailand. He instructed relevant agencies to take integrated measures against drought, and plans to obtain funds from the Central Fund for the procurement of new royal rainmaking aircraft.
The deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister visited Mae Kuang Udom Thara dam in Doi Saket district of Chiang Mai province and attended a briefing on the volume of water in dams and reservoirs and areas affected by drought, as well as royal rainmaking operations and the distribution and management of water in the dry season.
Capt Thammanat said integrated measures have been prepared involving all relevant agencies, and designed to cope with a reduction in the available volume of water, along with a call for water saving awareness among local villagers so that there will be sufficient water for agriculture and consumption. Royal rainmaking operations have been carried out in all regions of the country this year. He admitted the relevant government agencies have performed under pressure and had limited ability to solve drought problems. The number of royal rainmaking personnel is not sufficient and equipment is quite old.
The deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister visited a large mango plantation in Wiang Thong village in Doi Lor district of Chiang Mai where he presided over a ceremony for the handing out of permits for use in Sor Por Kor 4-01 land reform areas by 30 farmers. Besides, six water resource developments for soil and water conservation projects and community-level water resource development projects were officially delivered.