PM aims to launch rainmaking operations in Northeast


BANGKOK, 1 July 2015 – The Ministry of Agriculture has been instructed to conduct artificial-rainmaking operations in the Northeast once weather conditions permit.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha has ordered the ministry to monitor the situation in the region, where the drought crisis has raised deep concerns among locals and authorities. Cloud-seeding operations are to be conducted as soon as weather conditions are ripe in a bid to assist farmers who are in the process of beginning a new harvest season.

The premier said the amount of water flowing into dams is increasing thanks to the ongoing cloud seeding operations in provinces across Thailand.

During the cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai, the premier also instructed agencies to allocate zones to grow suitable plants and to start digging 1,000 wells to tackle the growing drought.