By The Nation
Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao said he has discussed the option of building water banks in drought-hit areas with the Land Development Department. He said he will initially propose a budget of Bt10 billion for the project, and if the Cabinet rejects his proposal, he will come up with another project worth Bt5 billion for future drought relief.
“The water banks will require the punching of three holes that are deep enough to reach the aquifer. It’s like putting money in the bank. This water can be drawn when required. Thailand has heavy rains, but there is nothing in place to collect this water. This is why the water bank project is suitable,” he said.
Praphat Phothasuthon, also a deputy agriculture minister, added that heavy rains brought by the tropical depression Wipha has relieved the drought situation in the North and Northeast. The dry season was expected to damage 1.2 million rai of rice fields in the country.