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Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought
« on: January 12, 2016, 01:56:41 PM »
Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought



Local farmers are now planting low water consuming crops as an alternative to tapioca, as Nakhon Ratchasima Province faces its most severe drought in decades.

Mr. Sayan Chokasem, a local farmer in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, said the ongoing drought situation, the worst in 50 years, forced him to replace the cultivation of tapioca into lettuce and cabbage, as they require less water for cultivation.

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Re: Farmers start to quit the land - Nakhon Ratchasima
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 12:34:25 AM »
Farmers start to quit the land


Newly grown rice is dying in a paddy field in Chai Nat province. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)

Farmers in many provinces say they are being driven off their land by the drought and are being forced to sell their holdings at cheap prices as they cannot grow crops and have no money to service their debts.

Surveys by reporters found desperate farmers were losing their land in provinces like Chai Nat in the Central Plains and Nakhon Ratchasima in the Northeast. With no water, they cannot grow crops and earn enough money pay their debts.

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Re: Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2016, 07:05:25 AM »
One thing I have always wondered about places like Korat and Chaiyaphum is how far underground do people have go to sink a bore to get water?

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Re: Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2016, 08:06:09 AM »
Kev. Talking to a friend yesterday and he has a borehole which is 30 metres deep.
I guess it varies location by location. If you know of a borehole near your spot - find out what depth that is as an indicator.
Otherwise you can't be sure until you drill it ?
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Re: Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2016, 02:26:35 PM »
The depth for our borewell was about 30 meters.

Cost was 12,000 Five years ago, for 4in diameter, (more diameter more money) which included the plastic piping from the well to our pump, fitted and working.

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Rat for dinner as 8 provinces declared drought zones

A total of 1,448 villages in 31 districts of eight provinces have been declared drought disaster zones that are in need of urgent assistance, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert announced on Sunday.

The eight provinces are Chiang Mai, Phayao, Phitsanulok and Uttaradit in the North; Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Phanom and Maha Sarakham in the Northeast; and Sa Kaeo in the East.

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Re: Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2016, 07:49:00 AM »
They sell rat on the bypass road right near the petrol by Home Pro.

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Re: Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2016, 10:02:03 AM »
This drought situation is extremely serious and if we have another poor rainy season in 2016, matters will be much worse. The Govt. must be very concerned about reactions in the vast rice growing areas if these farmers incomes suddenly disappear. Wider unrest is possible.
There are just not enough rats around to compensate !
Let's all do a 'rain dance' in May then !
Good luck to the farmers .....

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Re: Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2016, 02:06:23 PM »
This drought situation is extremely serious
Sure is roger, Conserving water must be made a priority, they say the water shortage crisis is expected to hit Thailand after Songkran. unless  precautions are taken. Water stocks in four major reservoirs which are the main sources of water in the Chao Phraya River basin currently stand at half of what they were in the same period last year.   More below. from the Bangkokpost

Water shortage 'will hit after Songkran'

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