A Songkhla man has successfully completed his creation of a canal after 17 years in the making. The man has hand-dug the 1-kilometer long canal. Today, the canal is used by all villagers near the area for agriculture and daily life. Jirasak Misuan 41 years old spent 17 years of his life digging a canal in a forest that is often too dry throughout the year.
Villagers now use the canal every day for agriculture, daily life, and even fishing. Jirasak is known as P’mun to locals in Namnoi sub-district which means “little water” in Thai, Hat Yai, Songkhla Province. It is usual to see villagers with their buffalo’s drinking from the canal, some search for vegetables that grow by the water, and some come to find fish for their families back home. Jirasak works as a buffalo caretaker in Thung Pru, Namnoi. Thung Pru spans over 5,000 rai of land in Hatyai.
In Thung Pru is a small canal about 1 kilometer long, this is the canal made by Jirasak over a time period of 17 years using only his hands and a shovel. The canal is 10 meters wide and 1 meter deep full of water all year long. Villagers use the canal as a main source of the morning glory vegetable, often enjoyed in stir-fry dishes. Jirasak stated that he has been looking after buffalos in Thung Pru all his life.
His whole life Jirasak wakes up and goes to bed in Thung Pru and nowhere else. He decided one day to create a canal that could be used as a water source in Thung Pru for the villagers and the animals that reside in the area. The water canal also connects to the main water source that keeps the small canal balanced. Jirasak used the free time he had after the buffalos have been looked after and fed each day to dig the canal. Jirasal reveals that he continues to dig and expand the canal whenever the water is low.
FB Caption: Jirasak decided one day to create a canal that could be used as a water source in Thung Pru for the villagers and the animals residing in the area.
Source: Sanook, INN News