Cabinet grants 120 baht/tonne subsidy for non-burning sugarcane harvesting. 40,000 farmers expected to join in January. Meeting in Nong Bua Lam Phu addresses local issues, tourism promotion, and online platforms for farmers.
Cabinet Grants Subsidy to Discourage Burning of Sugarcane
The Cabinet has decided to provide a 120 baht subsidy for each tonne of cut raw sugarcane in an effort to deter farmers from burning the cane during harvesting. This burning contributes to PM2.5 air pollution in the region. The program is expected to start in January and is estimated to have the participation of 40,000 sugarcane farmers during the new sugarcane milling season.
Mobile Cabinet Meeting Addresses Local Issues
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his cabinet ministers held a mobile cabinet meeting in Nong Bua Lam Phu, attended by governors of five north-eastern provinces. Discussions included topics such as illegal narcotics, poverty, land rights, low farm produce prices, water shortages, and tourism potential. Efforts to promote tourism in these provinces and help farmers sell their produce were among the main initiatives discussed during the meeting.