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.
Of course, these farmers listen to weather forecast reports on radio or watch television, but often they end up feeling more confused. Eiem Sompeng, a rice farmer in the Maha Chana Chai district in Yasothon province, explains how one report left him baffled.
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