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Zero Burn Campaign Launched to Discourage Farmers from Burning

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CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has joined forces with the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives and private companies to launch a Zero Burn campaign discouraging burning of waste at farms to reduce emissions of smoke and dust from the agricultural sector.

One of the ways to encourage burn-free farming practices is the implementation of agricultural innovations in local areas. The private sector today demonstrated the use of innovations such as hay compactors, multi-purpose sprayers, drones for agriculture, and ploughing devices at the demonstration field in Si Prachan disctict, Suphan Buri, along with an exhibition on bio fertilizers and soil improvements for farmers.

The demonstration and exhibition were presided over by a Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Supat Eauchai.

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The Zero Burn campaign is aimed at raising awareness among farmers nationwide of the importance of farming practices free of the burning of leftover materials such as hay, rice stubble, and corn leaves, which will help reduce air pollution and dust.

The company Siam Kubota and partner agencies will be working with farmers to promote burn-free farming in rice, sugar came, and corn farms nationwide, while promoting ways to increase income from leftover farming materials using machines, and encouraging farmers to be aware of organic matter and moisture in soil for sustainable farming.

The campaign is set to make all 140 million rai of farms in Thailand free of burning practices within three years.

By Tanakorn Sangiam