Second crop rice farmersAccording to the sources, it has been indicated that farmers who ignore a ban on planting a second crop have been warned that they will not be given any assistance or subsidy when their rice shrivels and dies from lack of water. Further, with the water supply in Chiang Mai at critically low levels, provincial authorities have told farmers not to grow off-season rice, and fishermen not to raise fish in floating baskets in the Ping River. It has also been told that there is not enough water and this ban has been imposed since November. It has been revealed that it has been noticed that farmers in some areas were defying the ban and planting another crop as said by Mr Jaensak Lipiti, Director of Chiang Mai irrigation office. Moreover, in a recent survey it was found that the area planted in second-crop rice had been reduced from the usual hundreds of thousands of rai to a few thousand rai, mostly in Mae Taeng district.

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In this regard, further, it was warned that authorities would take tough measures against those defying the ban. Offenders would not be entitled to any compensation or any form of state assistance if their second crop failed, withered or died from lack of water. Further, the fish raising in floating baskets was still found at Tha Makor weir in tambon Nong Tong of Hang Dong district, as informed by the provincial irrigation office chief .Those fish farmers had defied the ban while officials were discharging water from Mae Ngad Somboon Chon Dam in Mae Taeng district to supply the ecological system and to help longan farmers. Furthermore, fish raisers had illegally drained water from the dam for fish being raised in baskets in the weir. The provincial fisheries office had recently ordered these people to remove their fish from the weir. It was also told not to raise fish in floating baskets in the weir again otherwise they would face legal action.

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