Korat farmers turn to alternative farming due to drought

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Local farmers are now planting low water consuming crops as an alternative to tapioca, as Nakhon Ratchasima Province faces its most severe drought in decades.

Mr. Sayan Chokasem, a local farmer in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, said the ongoing drought situation, the worst in 50 years, forced him to replace the cultivation of tapioca into lettuce and cabbage, as they require less water for cultivation.

He said that lettuce and cabbage farming yields higher returns than expected, generating about 100,000 baht income per month from 5 rais of cultivation, higher than what he earned from tapioca farming.

Wang Nam Khiao District Agriculture Official Chusak Aksornwongsilp has confirmed that drought affected farmers in the area are now turning to cultivate alternative plants, mainly low water-use organic vegetables and corns which are in demand.

He said the cultivation of alternative plants gives farmers income during the drought season as opposed to tapioca farming, and the district now has about 1,000 rai of farms tending crops that require less water.

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