Royal Rainmaking Department is joining hands with 3 agencies for water resources management integration in 20 million hectare rainfed agricultural area.
Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) has cooperated with 3 agencies to drive the strategy on integration of performance and Royal Rainmaking operation planning to be incompliance with the national water management plan in terms of area, volume and quality of water. It aims at solving and mitigating drought at maximum efficiency. On 25 January 2019, 2 MOU were signed with Faculty of Sciences of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand Global Warming Academy (TGWA) of Napamitr Foundation, and Department of Water Resources of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Surasri Kidtimonton, DRRAA Director-General stated that the drought is increasingly severe, especially in 2019 which is forecasted that drought condition will be more severe and wildly impact to all sectors. There may be the problem of water shortage for agriculture, domestic consumption, and industrial use due to dry spell or delayed rain impacting on Thailand’s economic.
DRRAA’s main mission is to operate Royal Rainmaking to solve drought and mitigate natural disaster, as well as collaborate with concerned agencies for national water resources management integration aiming at effective rainmaking to the right place and right time. To accomplish the mission, it is necessary to have weather data, and water requirement for agriculture and domestic consumption. Therefore, DRRAA cooperates with Faculty of Sciences of Chulalongkorn University and Thailand Global Warming Academy (TGWA) of Napamitr Foundation on conducting research and development, enhancement of knowledge on atmospheric sciences, monitoring climate change, technical information exchange, human resources development, as well as resources for implementing activities supporting Royal Rainmaking operation.
In addition, DRRAA expands the work on water resources management to the whole water cycle covering agricultural area nationwide, especially rainfed agricultural area of 20 million hectares, by integrating with the Department of Water Resources of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on determining target areas, and evaluating efficiency of Royal Rainmaking operation as well as human resources development, and exchange of experiences, technology, and academic information.
Surasri Kidtimonton added that the 4 agencies will work closely together aiming at utmost goal on water resources management to be most efficient, able to confront crisis and mitigate water shortage problem effecting Thai people. Moreover, this mutual mission operation carries on the royal wish of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej intending to provide Thai people good quality of life and well-being, and also to be compliance with the government policy on developing the country to be security, prosperity, and sustainability.