Royal Rainmaking Department saved Kanchanaburi’s agricultural areas of 20,000 ha.
The rapid-deployment Royal Rainmaking operation unit of Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) conducted Royal Rainmaking operation to support non-irrigated agricultural areas of Kanchanaburi Province as required, providing sufficient water to dry soil and crops in need.
On 21 November 2018, Dr. Surasri Kidtimonton, Director-General of DRRAA stated that although the Royal Rainmaking operation units throughout the country have stopped their service since 15 November because it is turning to the cold season that weather condition is not suitable for the operation, and most agricultural areas are under harvesting, but DRRAA has opened a rapid-deployment Royal Rainmaking operation unit at Nakhon Sawan Province to monitor weather condition and get ready to make rain for agricultural and reservoirs’ catchment areas where water is required, if weather condition is suitable.
On 20 November 2018, the rapid-deployment Royal Rainmaking operation unit operated Royal Rainmaking to save non-irrigated agricultural areas of Kanchanaburi Province resulting rain in Bo Phloi, Nong Prue, and Si Sawat Districts to rice, sugar cane, maize, cassava, rubber tree, pineapple, and other crops, totally 20,000 ha.
Dr. Surasri Kidtimonton added that the rapid-deployment Royal Rainmaking unit is ready to conduct the operation every day. Officers in charge are monitoring the situation and water petition from farmers and Royal Rainmaking volunteers, then do the operation as soon as weather condition is suitable. DRRAA is also now carrying out rainmaking aircrafts maintenance, and preparing aviation teams and scientists to be ready for Royal Rainmaking operation to efficiently fight 2019 drought to help farmers and people with their utmost effort.