Thai agriculture ministry intensifies anti-fine dust measures after smog worsens


  • Thailand
  • Monday, 03 Feb 2020

Rising sun-rays fall in high-rising buildings through smog in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 2, 2020. Bangkok's air pollution level stood at 177, with PM 2.5 level at 105.8 micrograms per cubic meter on Monday (Feb 3). - AP

BANGKOK: With Thailand already battling ways to control the coronavirus outbreak, its already big problems with pollution hit a a new high on Monday (Feb 3).

Thailand's Department of Pollution Control on Monday again reported dangerous levels of fine-dusts in 51 areas in the city of Bangkok, as levels of PM2.5 dust in the air reached 77 microns as of Monday.

Meanwhile, Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives announced that it will step up measures to cope with smog, including serious efforts to stop burning in farmland.

The ministry is campaigning for farmers nationwide to bury crop residue instead of burning it, said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on.

The campaign coverage expanded from 70,000 rai (27,675 acres) of farmland in the north as earlier planned.

The ministry will also watch out for field burning in areas of repeated hot spots based on data on the burning of paddy, maize and sugarcane fields in the past five years.

Chalermchai said his ministry will apply artificial rains to help reduce fine dust from stubble burning and wildfire. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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