SUGARCANE production in Thailand's Buri Ram province has been seriously affected by water shortages and disease, planters say. More than 50 per cent of the province's cane crop has already been wiped out with the loss put at US$40 million. With no significant rain during March, up to 120,000 rai of cane is expected to have been lost, with the total damage estimated at US$125 million. The agriculture ministry has been asked to seed clouds to induce rainfall.

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