RID chief assures no water shortage in irrigated zones

The Royal Irrigation Department has assured that there will not be water shortage in irrigated zones because of its proper water management during the past three months of the dry season.

Mr Thongplaew Kongchan, director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department, said Monday that he was not concerned with the amount of water stored in all the main reservoirs because of the efficient water management during the 2017-18 dry season.

Also, he said that second-crop farm land had exceeded the limit by only 400,000 rai which has substantially reduced the use of water to feed the farm land.

As for farm land in 74 districts of 23 provinces which has no access to irrigation system, Mr Thongplaew said the department had set aside 500 million baht fund to help in case there is water shortage and had prepared water pumps and water trucks on stand by.

Regarding water management in Chao Phraya river basin during the rainy season this year, the RID chief predicted that there would be 7,862 million cubic metres of water in the river basin which should be enough for consumption, to feed the main crop cultivation and to maintain the ecological system.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

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