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Farmers burn straw fields, leaving smoke-filled sky in Sisaket district

By The Nation

 

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Two villagers in a Sisaket district said farmers set fire to dried straw in paddy fields to enable them to plough the land and grow fresh crops without taking into consideration the pollution caused by the burning smoke, ecological destruction or the inevitable death of small creatures.

 

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On January 13, a lot of smoke was found rising into the sky over rice fields in Prang Ku district, with only three houses nearby.

 

Two villagers explained that as farmers wished to plant replacement crops during the dry season, they had to burn the straw in the field first, otherwise the fields cannot be ploughed because of the grass compacting with scraps of straw in the soil after harvesting. Therefore, they had to set fire to the dried straw. 

 

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The farmers also said the reason why the straw had to be burned before ploughing was because new crop seeds will not shoot up and grow well. 

 

The men didn’t think the fires would cause pollution, “because it burned in the fields with no other houses nearby”. Neither did they think it would cause ecological destruction or kill small creatures. 

 

In the northeast, burning straw in rice fields before ploughing is popular. This comes despite a campaign by provincial administrations to stop the burning as it causes severe air pollution and kills small animals that live in rice fields, besides damaging top-soil fertility.

 

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Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30380487

 

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I would burn to if i had been devastated with rice blast from the last crop.

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10 hours ago, Puchaiyank said:

Ah...the ambiance...the smell...of rural life in Thailand.

Thought you left thailand?   You can still smell it?   Or nothing else to do with yourself?

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14 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Two villagers in a Sisaket district said farmers set fire to dried straw in paddy fields to enable them to plough the land and grow fresh crops without taking into consideration the pollution caused by the burning smoke, ecological destruction or the inevitable death of small creatures.

And the governor said what exactly?

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Is there NO market for the “straw” and other remnants and byproducts of the harvest?  

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18 hours ago, unamazedloso said:

My wife drove it and put out all the fires and destroyed the charcoal pots.

I hope your wife has a gun and some body guards..she's very brave  but should be careful about upsetting the "wrong people"

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4 hours ago, hotchilli said:

And the governor said what exactly?

 

Notably, absolutely no mention anywhere in the news story of anything being done about the burning there by the local government, local police, local health department, etc etc... All MIA!

 

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10 hours ago, Titan1962 said:

It’s a catch 22,these farmers have been doing this for years. It’s their livelihood and all they know. It is very frustrating and damaging to ones health,but untill they are given an alternative at little cost to themselves,things will not change. All the threats and whining by governments and people will not make any difference.

That's where you are wrong, if the government was serious about reducing the pollution it would envisage on an endless campaign telling them that anyone burning would be fined heavily, and possibly imprisoned for lengthy periods.

 

The only problem stopping them, is they don't have the balls.

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