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Vegetable prices skyrocket in Korat (water shortage)

Started by thaiga, June 28, 2015, 08:14:44 PM

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Vegetable prices skyrocket  in Korat with parsley now fetches  200 baht/kg

Acute water shortage has substantially slashed the production of vegetables and driven up their prices.

Mrs Samrit Rithmai, a vegetable vendor at Suranakorn Muangmai market, the largest fruit and vegetable wholesale and retail market in Nakhon Ratchasima, said that the price of parsley, for an example, has recently gone up to 200 baht a kilogramme which is the highest this year.

She attributed the skyrocketing prices of parsley and other vegetables to substantial drop in production as a direct result of water shortage in farmland.

Mr Sutthiroj Kongkaew, director of Lam Takong project, disclosed that the usable amount of water at Lam Takong reservoir now amounts to 57 million cubic metre or only 18 percent of its full capacity of 314 million cubic metres.

About 500,000 cubic metre of water are released for tap water production each day and the remaining usable amount of water in the reservoir will last for just two months, he said, adding that the water situation is most critical.

There is no water left for farming purpose, he said.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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