Many pomelo trees look green now, with white blossoms on their boughs. Orchard owners, however, know that, despite the signs of life, the trees are in poor health after being submerged so long during the floods.
Pomelo grower Attapon Pornchai shows flood damage to one of his pomelo trees in Sam Phran district of Nakhon Pathom. He plans to raise the height of the earthen dyke around his 20-rai orchard so that it stands 50cm higher than the level of last year’s devastating flood. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD
The pomelo planters also know that, despite the blossoms, the trees will produce fewer fruits than usual and will die prematurely, sooner than their life expectancy of 10 years.
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