Agriculture Minister Theera Wongsamut said on Saturday that the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has set up operation centers in Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Lopburi, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Rayong, Sa Kaeo and Nakhon Si Thammarat to solve the drought problem in northeastern, western and southern Thailand.
Mr. Theera said that the Bureau also set up 2 rainmaking chemical supply bases in Roi Et and Nakhon Sawan.
The Agriculture Minister revealed that the rainmaking planes from 6 centers have already taken off to induce rain artificially in 27 provinces in all these regions, from Nong Khai down to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
He stated that after the operations, medium to heavy rain has been reported in these provinces, with the maximum rainfall of 48.8 millimeters in Muang District of Nong Khai Province.
The minister went on to say that the Bureau is planning to set up a new rainmaking chemical supply base in southern Surat Thani to help rice farmers in the province and to open a Royal Rainmaking Center in Ubon Ratchathani very soon.