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Govt plan to build more sugar factories poses threat to environment, says expert

By The Nation

 

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An academic has warned that the government’s plan to build more sugar factories and biomass power plants may worsen air quality by releasing more particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM 2.5).

 

 

Assoc Prof Sataporn Roengtam, an academic at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that the toxic haze in areas nationwide caused by the burning of crops, especially in the northeastern region where people burn sugarcane before cutting them for storage in factories, was causing a large amount of dust to spread throughout the area.

 

The government’s plan to build another 28 sugar factories with biomass power plants and one bio-hub in the northeastern region will make the situation more severe because the government has to expand the sugarcane plantation area of 7.75 million rai to increase production.

 

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“The dust caused by the burning of sugarcane will hurt people’s health,” he warned, adding, “Although the government has prohibited such activities, farmers will choose to burn their fields instead of using labour to cut sugarcane due to cost advantages and labour shortage.”

 

He explained that currently there are 20 sugar factories and 5.54 million rai of sugarcane plantations, which generate biomass power of 631 megawatts and produce ethanol of 1.4 million litres a day.

 

“The current sugarcane production is not enough to feed the existing factories, which will affect people’s lives during the grinding season,” he said.

 

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He cited the case of a sugar factory in Ban Phue district in Udon Thani province with a production capacity of approximately 24,000 sugarcanes a day, which may require 360,000 rai of sugarcane plantation area, or equal to half of the whole district area.

 

“The study indicated that 20 per cent of the sugarcane plantation area came from clearing forests,” he said. “If this case occurs in other areas, the northeastern region will lose 432,000 rai of forest, equivalent to the Phu Phan National Park of approximately 415,439 rai.”

 

He suggested that the government zone the area for planting sugarcane, which will not affect the ecosystem, including people’s health.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30381056

 

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Good,more factories and shorten the cutting season to 6 weeks.

Mid Feb to April. 

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The government builds more sugar factories, or just subsidizes them?  Maybe just condemn land, build water and electric service, widen roads and etc. at taxpayer expense.  I'm sure there are nice payoff opportunities there.

 

But, come on, more than double the number of factories?  I guess if they can't double the number of tourists every few years they have to double something.  Impatient folks, eh?

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1 hour ago, Damrongsak said:

The government builds more sugar factories, or just subsidizes them?  Maybe just condemn land, build water and electric service, widen roads and etc. at taxpayer expense.  I'm sure there are nice payoff opportunities there.

 

But, come on, more than double the number of factories?  I guess if they can't double the number of tourists every few years they have to double something.  Impatient folks, eh?

 

They wouldn't be involved if there wouldn't be money involved for them, after all we are in thailand right.

 

 

So to get that straight we aren't allowed to move a single teak tree on OUR OWN LAND but they can remove hundreds of thousands of rai of forrest and destroy everything, am i getting that right? Yeah i think i do.... 

 

 

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

He suggested that the government zone the area for planting sugarcane, which will not affect the ecosystem, including people’s health.

And zone in the sky where the smoke is allowed.

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5 hours ago, rooster59 said:

“The current sugarcane production is not enough to feed the existing factories, which will affect people’s lives during the grinding season,”

Nobody crunched the numbers.  They just saw dollar signs.  Hand it to the government to start a non sustainable business.  Why are they in the sugar business anyway? 

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Bravo, it is exactly what you need in Thailand, a sugar cane cultivation, all those who do not die of sugar will be eliminated from the discharges of the so clean sugar factories!

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Bye bye Thailand 👋 you had a good run.  Too bad you are going backwards.

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3 hours ago, justin case said:

why the government has to put money into this ?  what about the sugar GIANTS that make billions and should be partially responsible

 

sugar KILLS but most you sheeple do not want to hear that

Saying sugar kills is like saying guns kill guns don't kill people kill sugar don't kill over consumption kills over consumption of anything can cause health problems

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8 hours ago, Fred white said:

Saying sugar kills is like saying guns kill guns don't kill people kill sugar don't kill over consumption kills over consumption of anything can cause health problems

No, that's a moronic analogy at best. Like apples and oranges, really. I remember when I first came to Thailand pre 711, you'd be hard pressed to find a fat Thai. I remember I counted one in all of Udon Thani! Fortunately most Thais don't have unlimited access to a guns like they do sugar and junk food. 😱

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