Thai Government Approves 272 Million Baht Project to Tackle PM 2.5 Dust and Wildfires in 17 Northern Provinces


On March 3rd, 2024, Ms. Kanika Aunjit, the Thai deputy government spokeswoman, held a press conference after the Thai cabinet meeting on approval of the annual budget for fiscal year 2024, with a total of 272 million baht assigned to a project to solve wildfire and smog problems and reduce PM 2.5 dust.

Meanwhile, 17 provinces in northern Thailand faced PM 2.5 problems at a concerning level as wildfires negatively affected locals in the past few years. The Thai government gave importance to the issues and raised the issue of PM 2.5 as a national agenda, remarked Kanika.

The area of 17 northern provinces is the center of Thailand with a large number of citizens living there and is an economic hub. However, the air pollution issue was from wildfires, agricultural burning, smog from neighboring countries, traffic and transportation, and business industries, according to Kanika.

The government project aimed to solve wildfire and smog problems to tackle PM 2.5 problems in 17 northern provinces, hot spots, and high-risk areas of wildfires during January-May, 2024, said Kanika.

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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.