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Govt financial support sought to end sugarcane plantation burning problem

By The Nation

 

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The problem of fires at sugarcane plantations requires cooperation from all sectors, Sitiwuth Siempakdee, vice president of Thai Sugar Miller Co, said. 

 

Meanwhile, sugar factories are campaigning to cut raw sugarcane for processing. They have suggested that the government offer funding at low interest rates to farmers to buy harvesters as the prices of the equipment are quite high. They are priced in the range of Bt6 million to Bt12 million.

 

They also urged the government to purchase electricity from biomass power plants as some plants could not sell the power to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat).

 

“No farmer wants to burn their field but the cost of labour is high. Factories must sign contracts with farmers to help with the harvesting. Factories can encourage farmers by buying raw sugarcane while some sugarcane can be left for generating power,” Sitiwuth said.

 

Sugarcane harvesting started on December 1, 2019. Cane output was 42.62 million tonnes. Fresh sugarcane was 21.69 million tonnes (15.83 million tonnes in the previous year), burnt sugarcane was 20.93 million tonnes (20.58 million tonnes), cane sugar production was 43.73 million bags (34.80 million bags), representing a yield of 102.61 kilograms of sugar per tonne (95.59 kilograms per tonne) and the sweetness average was 12.20 Commercial Cane Sugar (CCS) (11.46 CCS).

 

“The increase in sugarcane output over the previous year was because there were three new factories,. Also, factories increased the efficiency of their machines, improved sugar extraction as a result cane extraction capacity average is 1.0-1.1 million tonnes per day,” Sitiwuth said. “However, as the impact of drought increases, sugarcane output this year will be lower than 30-40 per cent of the previous year, or only 90 million tonnes.

 

Sugarcane extraction will be less than last year by 3 to 4 million tonnes," said Sitiwuth.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30381007

 

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Get the money from the farmers. Take the land and sell it off! This will solve the problem overnight guaranteed. Its an army government so roll the tanks at so they get one use in their lifetime.. All these crowd control vehicles have been bought so use them to save the health of the thai people. Its justified if people continu to burn and show no fear or care about the law

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It’s that time of year again. More hot air and promises coming, no action.

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32 minutes ago, FarFlungFalang said:

Maybe if cane harvesters were bought instead of tanks and crowd control vehicles the they could have reduced the burning as well as making a positive contribution to the country instead of contributing nothing but I'm sure all those crowd control vehicles look good in storage.

 

But then who wud protect the national securitaaaay? 🙂

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5 hours ago, otherstuff1957 said:

I predict that there will be a lot of hot air generated, but nothing will be done.

and smoke. Don't forget the smoke.

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12 minutes ago, thequietman said:

But then who wud protect the national securitaaaay? 🙂

The cane harvesters can have a duel purpose providing a good source of blood 'n' bone for better sugar production?

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3 hours ago, DrTuner said:

If it's so hard to farm sugarcane, don't. Do something that doesn't require burning.

Burning makes it easier to cut by hand.

 

Have you ever tried it?

 

The husk they burn is very sharp and difficult to cut by hand.

 

Once you burn that, the stock is very easy to cut.

 

Plus burning gets rid of any large snakes lurking.

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3 hours ago, DrTuner said:

If it's so hard to farm sugarcane, don't. Do something that doesn't require burning.

Sugar cane doesn't require burning to harvesting it. It just makes it easier for people to hand cut it and machine harvest it. And what would you suggest as an alternative crop to grow?

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12 hours ago, bwpage3 said:

If the sugar factories weren't all into racketeering and paid a decent price, farmers could afford new equipment.

Spot on. The factory owners have encouraged more and more farmers to sign up contractually and join in with them then suddenly the price to the farmers dropped by around 50%. The factories who, incidentally, own the harvesters, still charge the same rate per tonne to harvest their cane and also sell some biomass back to the farmer as manure/compost/fertiliser. Transportation of the crop is paid for out of the farmers proceeds. All this leaves the farmer with precious little other that the bank loan he needed to take out to pay for land prep and crop maintenance. As a result the farmer will look to saving as much money as possible by burning and hand cutting for example, which is less expensive than paying for a harvester.

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