Drought leaves Phrae fish farms gasping for life

Fish on farms across Phrae are being killed off as drought tightens its grip on the northern province. Water levels are sinking fast in agricultural ponds in the northern province, depriving fish of oxygen.

Wittaya Takam, one of the fish farmers affected, said on Wednesday (April 15) that his revenue had sunk after he was forced to lower the price of his fish from Bt120-Bt150 per kilogram to Bt100 due to the combined impact of drought and the virus epidemic. Both are hitting fish farming in the northern province hard, he said

Farmers unable to harvest the dead and dying fish quickly from their evaporating ponds are having to sell the fish at Bt80 a kilo, before they rot and become worthless.

Meanwhile, the drought is set to worsen after the local authority announced it was cutting the water released from Matang Reservoir from 40 percent to 20 percent of normal volume until Friday (April 17). Farmers have been warned to make preparations for fish stocks that might be killed off another drop in oxygen levels.