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More dams to stop water supply for off-season farming

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The Irrigation Department has decided to halt releasing water from eight more dams to off-season farming areas in order to cushion the effects of the drought crisis.

The decision was made as water at several dams had dropped to a critical level. In the northeast, the Irrigation Department will stop discharging water from Lam Phra Plerng Dam, Lam Moon Bon Dam and Lam Takong Dam in Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubonrat Dam in Ubon Ratchathani, Nam Phung Dam in Sakon Nakhon , Huai Luang Dam in Udon Thani.

The Department said it did not forbid off-season farming but farmers who still wanted to continue with the off-season cultivation must find water sources on their own. To help farmers cope with the drought, local irrigation offices are recruiting farmers to dredge canals and repair irrigation facilities so they can earn some money during the dry season.

Inspections found that rice growers still went ahead with the off-season farming despite the warning about the water shortage.

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