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Small ants carry their eggs at a certain time of the year, usually in the middle of May. For traditional farmers, the migration heralds a change of season. Within three days, rain will start to pour and farmers will till their soil and sow seeds for rice or other crops.

Such weather forecasting is an example of the local wisdom that has helped Thai rice farmers for centuries. Despite modern weather forecasts, farmers across the country have relied on wisdom passed down through the generations _ observing signs in nature such as ant migration and the shape of the clouds.

Read more: As the seasons become less predictable, a new centre is helping Yasothon farmers with their...

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GERMANY has collaborated with Thailand towards a sustainable, climate friendly transport system, through a project called “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the Asean Region”, Thai News Agency(TNA) reported.

The project, launched here at a joint ceremony on Tuesday by the Bangkok-based Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, is part of Thailand's preparations for improved infrastructure in the Asean Community (AC) over the next two years.

Read more: Germany-Thailand collaborates towards climate friendly transport system

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As changes in temperature and precipitation as part of global climate change threaten agricultural productivity and the capacity to feed the world’s population, policy makers are urged to rethink action plans to remedy the situation.  

Global warming is projected to have significant impacts on conditions affecting agriculture, which include temperature, carbon dioxide, glacial run-off and precipitation. The overall effect of climate change on agriculture generally depends on the balance of these effects. With weather as a key factor in agricultural productivity, extreme weather patterns such as flooding or drought can wreak havoc on low-lying Southeast Asia which has been dubbed the “rice bowl” of the world.

Read more: Special Report: Thailand faces threat of climate change against local agriculture

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