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Sugar cane farmer: Burning is necessary - Go ahead "jail us all!"


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9 minutes ago, GeorgeCross said:

the OP has 1000 rai - he can afford to rent a harvester 

hell he can afford to buy a couple of them

 

Him yes,

but tens and even hundreds of thousands of other farmers who own or worse who are only shareclots on farms which they are not owners, they can not.

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And his attitude sums up the problem completely. He is utterly ignorant of the combined pollution he and his fellow farmers produce. To save some money he is happy to watch everyone elses health suffe

you will note that the cane is burnt before it's harvested (see the image) and it's to clear out the matted lower growth (and snakes).  It is not to burn the residue.   This is not necessary

You just can't help stupid can you.....off to jail for a long time, set an example, that might help the other stupids ?

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The wife tells me there are now two prices for sugar cane offered by the government which includes a higher price where the cane has not been burned, seems like a good incentive to me. If that's true, what's this idiots problem!

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6 minutes ago, GarryP said:

The higher price is insufficient to offset labor costs so burning is still more profitable or at least no less profitable. 

Thanks. But does the higher price really need to completely offset the entire cost of labor, at some point the moral and social value of not burning has a value.....for most people that is.

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What will happen to a tourist that keeps smoking sigarettes on a beach even after been warned by the police?

Well that should happen to him also.

Sugarcane farmers have money and big land what do we care about his profits? His hurting the health of so many !

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1 minute ago, MikeN said:

NEWSFLASH ! Rice and corn were once only harvested by hand too, but most is done by "expensive" machines nowadays. This guy with 1000 rai of cane would be able to afford his own, other farmers could hire a machine and operator to harvest their crop just as my wife's family bring in a contractor for their rice crop.

No, contractor cost money,

 

Labour cost money,

 

Unleaded not expensive,

 

Can burn garbage too and promote mushrooms.

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5 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

You just can't help stupid can you.....off to jail for a long time, set an example, that might help the other stupids ?

I wonder if Bamphen has any family members with respiratory problems? The children accompany their parents and breathe this junk into their lungs, but hey, that's life.

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All the sugar cane fields I see in Ratchaburi they harvest mechanically without burning.  But once the fields are harvested they burn them.  Just north in Kanchanaburi I see the trucks there hauling cane that has been burnt.

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