Farmers in Ayutthaya have welcomed the plan of the Royal Irrigation Department to drain excess water from dams into their farmland.
Mr Wichien Puanglamchiak, honorary president of Thai Farmers Association, said on Tuesday that the farmland was already in low-lying area and has been affected by drought in the past two years.
Water to be drained into the farmland will fertilize the land, kill farm rats and plant aphid which have proliferated during the past two dry years although the land will be temporarily flooded and turned into monkey cheek, said Mr Wichien.
Before the arrival of water when the Royal Irrigation Department starts releasing water into farmland in Ayutthaya on October 1, Mr Wichien said farmers still have the time to harvest the remaining crops which, he noted, are not plentiful due to drought.
However, he said he hoped the government would compensate farmers for the loss to their crops from flooding as a result of the draining of water into the farmland.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)