Irrigation dept: No more water for farming


BANGKOK, 2 March 2014  The Royal Irrigation Department reports that water for agriculture has been used up while water for consumption is currently in short supply. Farmers are told to save water.

Director of the Ayutthaya Irrigation Project Mitri Pitinanont said on Sunday that he had issued a ban on dry second rice cultivation from March to April as the water levels of Bhumibol and Sirikit dams were low. There was no more water for farming and only a small amount of water for consumption was left, he said.

As for the salty tap water in Bangkok, Mr Mitri explained that it was caused by inadequate water to keep sea water out of the Chao Phraya river.

The department will provide only water for consumption for farmers but will not supply water for their agricultural activities.