Government to create jobs for those affected by drought

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BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 – The Thai government is planning to spend 10 million baht creating jobs for farmers in each area affected by drought crisis.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Interior to help Thais affected by water shortages. Ten million baht would be allocated to each of the drought stricken provinces in order to help create jobs for farmers.

Those in the affected areas are urged to propose to the government how they plan to spend the10 million to boost their livelihood. General Prayut also stated that the government has made significant progress in digging 5,000 artesian wells, under its 3 year water management plan.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has also been instructed to obtain water pumps for communities in need of water. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Royal Thai Army will also reach out to farmers who are struggling to find water to keep their crops alive.

The Prime Minister is also asking everyone to understand about the current situation and urging them to help conserve water.