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3 hours ago, Jimbo2014 said:

This is happening all over Thailand on an epic scale (most of Asia actually).  Governments need to work together to solve the problem.  The air is un-breathable anywhere now 4 to 5 months of the year.

Problem is it takes someone with balls, do you know anyone at that level in the Thai government ?

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strange that in my part of Isaan I have only seen one small field burning. Maybe they aren't planting until the next rainy season.

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On 1/13/2020 at 6:29 PM, unamazedloso said:

So, i live next to charcoal manufacturers and sugarcane burners. We have a tractor with tank and firehose. My wife drove it and put out all the fires and destroyed the charcoal pots. Police came out and said she was allowed to do it. Its selfdefense because the pollution is killing people and people have a right to protect themselves. Also it is illegal and it is the duty of the mayor but if they arent doing there job and people stand up things happen!! Local news got wind of this story and forced the mayor to do his job. Sugar cane idiots still burn needlessly however... just not as close to us but still stinks and still black rain.

Sugar cane isn't burnt needlessly. Google Weils disease and educate yourself.

In areas with mechanical harvesting burning can be discontinued , but not in areas when harvesting is done by hand.

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16 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.

Dont get me wrong,I too wish the burning season would just disappear,but on the other hand if I was a Thai farmer and my only source of income was to do burn off and plant a new crop I would.

Its up to the government to help educate and assist these farmers in better ways to make a living without burning off.

 

What exactly is the point of the uber-bloated Royal Thai Army ? The solution needs to be carrot and stick the army could be the stick. I know I'm dreaming som naa naa....

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6 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

Problem is it takes someone with balls, do you know anyone at that level in the Thai government ?

If the answer to any question is "the government" then you can be pretty sure it ain't happening. That Thannathorn fella would probably have been good but it turns out that he is a corrupt Thaksin stooge with no respect for Thai institutions so off he goes leaving a khaki Laurel and Hardy (not) in charge. 

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14 hours ago, URMySunshine said:

That Thannathorn fella would probably have been good but it turns out that he is a corrupt Thaksin stooge with no respect for Thai institutions

Says you !

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On 1/14/2020 at 12:57 PM, Tracyb said:

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

There is a small market for baled straw. You pay 18 Baht per bale to the baling machine man who will clear your fields for you, then you sell them on at 30 Baht each to the villagers who want it for their livestock.

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On 1/14/2020 at 1:37 PM, 4MyEgo said:

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

Dictatorships always have enough muscle to enforce their bidding, here they lack the political will to enforce as they fear the result!

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This is what is burning in Kohn Kaen Province - sugar cane!

 

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This is what is burning in Khon Kaen Province - sugar cane:-

 

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The problem  with  rice straw is that it is not easy to plough under regardless of how the rice was harvested. When it dries out it is extraordinarily tough and fibrous.  And it does not decompose easily. It is reasonably popular now for those who able or willing to call on others who have hay balers but unfortunately not the majority do so even if there is a ready  market for it. After the bulk of the rice straw is removed this  way it is much more viable to plough the root stubble in. Even better would be a machine such as a  fine cut chaff cutter so it all  could be  returned to the soil. Sadly old habits,  ignorance ,and the lack of technology  sets the rules.

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