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Farmers burn fields after harvesting crops in Thailand.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Environment has promised to take stricter measures against farmers who burn agricultural crops annually.

The level of air pollution with PM2.5 particles in Thailand significantly increases from December to March. The main sources of pollution are transportation and industrial emissions, as well as fields burned by farmers after harvesting.

Governors of provinces have urgently received letters requesting increased control by local officials and the imposition of strict penalties for violators.

In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture will consider suspending state subsidies for eligible farmers who violate the law by burning their fields. Currently, farmers can receive up to 1,000 baht per Rai as a subsidy for cultivating certain crops in specific areas.

Officials have also proposed registering all sugarcane and corn producers, as burning these two crops has the greatest impact on air pollution with PM2.5 particles.

As part of information and awareness efforts, educational seminars are planned to explain the legal and environmental consequences of field burning to farmers.

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