Chonburi provincial and district officials were briefed on the government’s new action plan to tackle the country’s drought crisis that took effect Nov. 1.
In a video conference hosted by Kitsada Boonraj, permanent secretary for the Interior Ministry, Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai and chiefs for all the province’s districts were told what the 11.5-billion-baht package of eight measures included and how they will be implemented through April.
Under the action plan, villagers will be encouraged to plant alternative crops, raise livestock, and breed fish. Farmers’ debt repayments will be extended and farmers who choose to stop planting rice will be recruited for new jobs.
Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai reviews plans to battle the drought crisis during a video conference hosted by the Interior Ministry.
The action plan also involves measures to create artificial rain and to encourage residents to use less water.
Other parts of the plan call for increased production of raw water, education on how to reduce family expenses, and increased health care.
Chonburi already established a Drought Operation and Prevention Center and appointed officers to make plans to help farmers hit by drought.