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Irrigation

 
Providing water for farm use has always been a major focus of His Majesty's development work. In this effort he works closely with the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to design and implement water projects. It was natural that the region on which he first focused was the one which had been instrumental in spurring his initial interest in development work: Isan, the Northeast, which Their Majesties visited in 1955. Thailand's driest and poorest region, Isan soil lacks the fertility found in other regions, and rainfall is sparse or uncertain.
 

 
When he began his work, Isan lacked piped water and household electricity. Thus, the goal was to build dams for hydroelectric power and irrigation, a task to which he would devote his energies over the next two decades. The largest, Sirindhorn Dam, built in 1971, created an enormous lake between Ubon Ratchathani and the border with Laos. It was able to supply a wide area with irrigation water and fish from its stocked waters to supplement family incomes.
 
 
 

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