KALASIN – The northeastern province of Kalasin will spend about 37 million baht on anti-drought measures, while the water level in the Yom River in Phichit province is reaching a critical point.
A video conference was held between the Kalasin administration and the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Agricultural Extension (DOAE), about drought handling measures and assistance projects to support farmers during 2015-2016. The meeting agreed to seek a budget of 37 million baht from the government’s central fund to help agriculturalists who have turned to cultivation of drought-tolerant crops in December 2015.
The DOAE asked the province carefully review each and every project, stressing that the disbursement must be done in accordance with the regulations and the need of the locals.
Meanwhile, Phichit Province has recently reported that the water level of Yom River has reached the lowest point in 20 years, forcing residents in Sam Ngam district to float their krathong during the Loy Krathong celebration in a pond of the local temple instead.