Severe rainfall in Nakhon Ratchasima cripples jasmine crops

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod.

Heavy rainfall in Nakhon Ratchasima severely damaged the region’s jasmine flower crops, causing distress for local farmers. The impact of the rainfall has led to a shortage in the market, pushing prices up significantly as demand from customers increased.

Today, reporters visited a jasmine field in Non Sung district, Nakhon Ratchasima, where they discovered the considerable damage inflicted on the blossoms due to the almost daily rainfall. Most farmers in the area have been adversely affected, with their jasmine crops rotting and suffering significant damage.

One such farmer, 80 year old Jamlong Khamnok, from Thaprasat, Non Sung, who grows jasmine on approximately one rai of land, reported a drastic drop in his yield. Prior to the heavy rain, he was able to harvest 9 to 12 kilogrammes of flowers per day. However, the continuous rainfall over several days has resulted in a dramatic decrease in yield, with only one kilogramme of jasmine flowers produced daily over the past two to three days, reported KhaoSod.

“Most of the flowers either don’t bloom or grow slowly and rot, turning purple.”

This has put a significant strain on the farmers, especially with the rising prices in the local markets. Previously, the price was 200 baht per kilogramme. Now, due to the shortage and increased demand, the price has multiplied.

The farmers usually sell a portion of their jasmine flowers at the Nakhon Ratchasima city market and use the remainder to make jasmine garlands for sale. However, the continuous rainfall has resulted in a near absence of jasmine flowers, causing a ripple effect on the market supply and price.

Heavy rainfall in Thailand has raised significant troubles and dangers around the country. The Thai Meteorological Department issued a warning today for severe thunderstorms across 41 provinces.

While Bangkok can expect heavy rain, the northern and northeastern regions are expected to be the hardest hit, with 80% of these areas expected to experience heavy rainfall. This downpour may lead to sudden flooding, posing danger to residents, particularly those residing in mountainous areas, near water flow paths and in low-lying areas.

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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