Royal Rainmaking Department extends the rainmaking operation to support farmers.
On 19 October 2018, Dr. Surasri Kidtimonton, Director General of Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA), stated that by monitoring the situation of agricultural areas in some regions, it is found that many areas are encountering drought problem. Economic crops, such as rice, maize, sugarcane, and cassava still require water for good production. Farmers and Royal Rainmaking volunteers continuously request for the Royal rain, while several dams and reservoirs also need increased inflow.
DRRAA is accelerating to increase quantity of water as much as possible in order to sustain the crops until harvesting time, increase water storage, and respond to the Public-Private Collaboration Project that promotes farmers to grow maize after harvesting rice which is the method on agricultural reformation for balancing produce quantity and market in order to increase farmers’ income. Therefore, DRRAA extends the schedule to do rainmaking up to the middle of November, or until the weather is not suitable for the operation. Radars are utilized to monitor weather condition for 24 hours per day. If weather condition is suitable, rainmaking is promptly operated. To integrate rainmaking, the Royal Rainmaking operation units were commanded to stand ready to support the operation in any affected area.
Dr. Surasri added that since starting the operation in 1 March till to 18 October 2018, there were 4,162 operation flights conducted in 218 days of which 95.15% were efficient. 58 provinces reported that they received rain, while many reservoirs received medium to excessive amount of inflow. The Royal Rainmaking is continuously operated to increase the inflow to some other reservoirs to be sufficient for agriculture in the following dry season.