Farmers in Phrae begin rice cultivation as a little rain resumes


PHRAE, 26 July 2015 – Farmers in the northern province of Phrae have begun rice cultivation after scattered showers were seen all over the area in the past several days, bringing in more water to agricultural lands and the Yom River.

Water record at Huai Sak Station on the Yom River in Song District showed a height of 1.18 meters on Sunday (26 Jul) with the flowing speed of 14.42 cubic meters per second.

Mae Yom Reservoir under the Mae Yom Water Distribution and Maintenance Project, with its longest concrete reservoir in Thailand, is receiving 16.5 cubic meters of water per second.

Phrae Governor Sak Somboonto says that the drought disaster in the province has ended but it is still under the effect of an ongoing dry spell. Due to rain suspensions, 91,780 people in 37,200 households living in 62 subdistricts in eight districts have been affected. The shortage of rain has threatened 4,770 rai of corn plantations, 4,960 rai of rice plantations, and 100 rai of garden crops. A preliminary survey of the damage included 4.15 million baht loss of income.