The Cabinet will on Tuesday be asked to approve the digging of 269 underground water wells in a bid to maintain 400,000 rai of rice paddies in Central Thailand, an informed source at Government House said yesterday.
Out of the 22 provinces in the Chao Phraya River Basin, there are areas inside and outside the irrigation coverage - the former of which were consisted of 47 million rai with enough water for rice growing and three million rai without enough water, the source said.
Farmers in the three million rai have been asked to postpone their crops.
The 2.3 million rai area outside the irrigation coverage was dependent on water sources and rainfall - about 1.3 million rai of which was had seeds in the ground, the source said.
Some 600,000 rai of that land was in critical need of water as paddies were between 15 to 60 days old and if there were no water in 15 days, they would all die.
The source said those farmers needed help first but the wells - which would be dug by the Water Resources Department and Royal Thai Armed Forces personnel - would each take five days to complete and only cover 400,000 rai.