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Farmers to end rice-stubble burning in Nakhon Ratchasima district

Jan 29. 2020
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By THE NATION

The chief of Khon Buri district in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Wijit Kitjarat, on Wednesday (January 29) organised a campaign to educate local farmers on the harmful effects of rice stubble burning to air quality and the environment.

The event, held at the agricultural office of the district, was a collaboration between the Khon Buri district office and Nakhon Ratchasima's land development agency.

There were a demonstration of the correct steps in ploughing and a lecture on improving soil quality by using organic matters. 

“Rice stubble burning not only leads to air pollution, it also deteriorates soil quality and affects the quality of agricultural produce” Wijit said.

In addition, relevant government agencies and more than 100 farmers signed a memorandum of understanding at the event on ending the practice of rice-stubble burning.

Khon Buri district has more than 90,000 rice growing areas. Local farmers burn rice stubble as an easy and cheap way to deal with straws and weeds growing on their land.

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