BANGKOK, 21 March 2012 – The Agriculture Minister has ordered urgent establishment of an operation center on royal rainmaking in Chiang Mai province in hopes of reducing the haze pollution in the northern region of the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Theera Wongsamut commented that the haze situation in nine northern provinces, which is resulted from crop burning, has become even more critical. According to the Pollution Control Department (PCD), the pollution level has risen above the safety standard to around 200-400 micrograms within a period of only one week. Thus, he has given instructions to the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation to promptly set up an artificial rainmaking unit in Chiang Mai province in an effort to reduce the smoke haze.
Mr. Theera added that the Interior Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and the Science and Technology Ministry will mutually work to come up with an efficient solution to the pending problem. Additionally, farmers and locals in the affected areas must also be informed of the situation and its cause.
(NNT : suwit)