Thai government considers suspension of rice farming in central region to save water amid drought, Bangkok Post reports, citing Surasri Kidtimonton, secretary-general of the Office of the National Water Resources.
Rainfall this year has been lower than average triggering an expectation of drier rainy season
Hardest areas will likely to be the central provinces, which is considered the country’s main rice growing region
Region may face 40% drop in accumulated precipitation this rainy season, likely causing widespread water shortages
Water levels are also at low level at four main dams including Bhumibol in Tak province and Sirikit in Uttaradit province
Pressure on rice harvests across India, Pakistan and now Thailand have the potential to be a potent source of inflation in the region over the next several months. That’s not good news for regional central banks that were hoping to be able to ease policy.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top