The current drought and extreme summer heat could decimate Uttaradit’s crop of iconic Long and Lin Laplae durians, the provincial governor and farmer

Drought could decimate Thailand’s Durian crop

Drought could decimate Thailand’s Durian crop

Drought could decimate Thailand’s Durian crop

Drought could decimate Thailand’s Durian crop

Drought could decimate Thailand’s Durian crop
Drought could decimate Thailand’s Durian crop
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The current drought and extreme summer heat could decimate Uttaradit’s crop of iconic Long and Lin Laplae durians, the provincial governor and farmers fear.

The much-loved varieties fetch over Bt1,000 per kilogram in fruit retail sales or a Bt50,000 reservation fee per tree even before it bears fruit.

But this lower northern province has this year already seen many durian, langsat and longkong trees wither.

Uttaradit governor Thanakorn Ungchitpaisarn on Wednesday led officials in an urgent visit to Doi Laplae in Tambon Na Nok Kok of Laplae district, where they inspected damages to the fruit orchards caused by a water shortage. They were saddened to find all fruit trees were withering and dying.

The weather in Uttaradit has been over 40 degrees Celsius for almost a week, and orchards have suffered a prolonged period with no rain.

Officials said that if there were no rainfall within this week, the damage to Uttaradit’s s economy-boosting durian, langsat and longkong fruit – which was almost at 40 per cent now – would rise well beyond 50 per cent and perhaps reach 100 per cent.

Durian and longkong trees usually take at least eight years to be mature enough to bear fruit.

Only a portion of the first batch of durians from Laplae had made it to market, while the second and third batches would be affected, official said.

Thanakorn said he would ask the Chiang Mai royal rainmaking unit to study the feasibility of artificially producing rain over the area to alleviate the problem.

Farmers in the meantime were forced to carry gallons of water to spray over fruit-bearing trees as their top priority, while having to let those that had not yet borne fruit die, said the governor.

Longkong farmer Maron Ngernla said her fruit-bearing longkong trees were shedding dry leaves, a sign they were dying.

“This is the worst conditions in 40 years,” she said. In a plea for help, the farmer lamented that her income would be affected, while she still needed to pay off her debts to a local co-op and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives. – The Nation

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Theft charge against British tourist ‘justified’ claim Thai police

Police are defending their decision to charge a Briton with theft of a mobile phone at Chiang Mai International airport, despite his insistence that he intended to return it to its owner.

Chris Dodd, 29, spent 10 days in jail in February after he was charged with stealing the phone belonging to a German tourist and remanded in custody by a court

The charge was dropped after his family and friends back home raised 20,000 pounds (Bt 828,690) to pay a fine on his behalf. Dodd has since returned home and continues to protest his innocence.

He has also complained in interviews with the local media that he was forced to have his dreadlocks shaved while he was detained and had to sleep in an overcrowded jail where nobody spoke English.

Dodd, a tattoo artist, told the BBC that he found the phone just as he was about to get into the taxi after arriving at the airport.

The broadcaster says he told them he picked it up the phone and while looking for its owner he moved it to a different location, which is considered theft in Thai law.

Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said police at Chiang Mai International Airport had been approached at 8.40pm on February 26 by a German tourist who said she had lost her mobile phone in the terminal.

CCTV footage showed a foreigner with dreadlocks and white cap pick up the phone from the floor of the passengers’ lounge before leaving the airport in a public van.

British tourist spent TEN DAYS in Thai jail after finding lost phone

Police then traced the van to a guesthouse in Tambon Sripoom, Muang district and found the phone in the possession of British backpacker Dodd, who comes from Poole, Dorset.

“The SIM of the phone we confiscated from the British man had been removed, and the password and language changed,” said Krissana. “All the data had been wiped clean.

Police then took him to the Pupingrachaniwet police station to be charged.”

Based on the evidence, police charged him with theft and he was taken to Chiang Mai prison pending trial. He was freed on bail on March 11.

Krissana insisted that the shaving of the dreadlocks had been done in accordance with the regulations.

“We strictly follow the laws with respect to basic human rights,” Krissana added. “We are gathering information from his interviews to consider legal action against him.”

BBC quoted Dodd as saying: “I was stripped naked, sent in, given a blanket. Then, the next thing you know you’re being taken into the cells, where they house massive amounts of people.

“Nobody spoke English. It was really intimidating. You just have to fight for a space on the floor and you have people’s legs all over you.”

Dodd could have faced up to five years in prison had he been convicted but the charges against him were eventually waived so he could return home. – The Nation

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No bacteria contamination found in Bangkok’s drinking water dispensers

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has announced it found no bacteria contamination during checks on the city’s coin-operated drinking water dispensing machines.

The finding comes amid public concern about the higher rate of bacteria growth during the hot season.

Chawin Sirinak, director of the BMA’s Health Department, said officials from his department coordinated with 50 Bangkok districts to check 6,114 water dispensing machines in the capital in March and none were found to have been contaminated with bacteria.

However, he said that up to 68.59 per cent of the water dispensers did not meet the proper standard of hygiene.

Of the 6,114 machines surveyed in March this year, 4,515 were approved by the BMA, Chawin said.

He added that Bangkok authorities are currently considering licence applications for another 680 machines while owners of a further 451 machines are in the process of filing applications.

Almost NO water machines in Bangkok are safely registered

He said officials had ordered that 314 machines stop operating as their owners could not obtain a licence.

Chawin said BMA officials will continue to check public drinking water dispensing machines every four months. – The Nation


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