Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, ordered all provincial departments to monitor the health conditions of livestock during the upcoming hot season.
He issued the directive on Thursday (Feb. 21) detailing measures to reduce the drought’s impact on farm animals and prevent the spread of disease.
“The increasing heat may cause a lack of food and water for animals, which is a risk factor because it may cause them to suffer from epidemics, and even die.”
He said that, to reduce the impact of drought, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) advised its departments and the General Department of Animal Health and Food Production to monitor the health conditions of all livestock and immediately intervene if there is an outbreak of disease.
“They must have the manpower, medicine, veterinary equipment, and all other relevant things ready to take on the issue in time; and they must explain to farmers and stockbreeders how to properly care for their animals in order to prevent/manage such an eventuality.”
Minister Sakhon advised cattle owners have keep them near a water source, be it a pond or river, and supply them with enough fodder.
The Ministry of Environment issued a forest fire alert in January urging its provincial officials to be watchful because fires can start naturally or through human activity. They’re also instructed to educate people in the prevention of forest fires.
The Kingdom will be indirectly affected by El Nino that will cause temperatures to rise to 40-42° Celsius in April and May.