Government Rolls Out Incentive for Green Sugarcane Farming

PRESS RELEASE:

BANGKOK (NNT) – The government has launched an 8 billion baht campaign to promote eco-friendly sugarcane farming, targeting the reduction of harmful PM2.5 dust particles during the 2022/23 harvest year.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Rudklao Suwankiri said on Monday that the program, funded by the state-owned Bank for Agricultural and Agricultural Cooperatives, rewards farmers with 120 baht per tonne for harvesting sugarcane without burning the residue. This policy is part of a broader strategy to combat the issue of crop residue burning, a significant contributor to air pollution.

The cabinet’s approval follows the Cane and Sugar Board’s resolution on September 28, supporting sugarcane farmers with up to 8 billion baht. Rudklao highlighted the urgency of tackling PM2.5 pollution and assured that the incentives align with World Trade Organisation (WTO) Green Box standards, promoting sustainable practices without affecting production costs.

For the 2023-24 crop year, Thailand expects a sugarcane output of 82.4 million tonnes. To support the sugar industry further, the cabinet endorsed a two-baht increase in domestic sugar prices on November 14, reflecting higher production costs. However, an additional boost for environmental purposes was rejected to avoid burdening consumers.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.