As Thailand’s air pollution crisis continues, ecology expert Chainarong Setthachua proposes ways to reduce the burning of sugarcane, one of the main causes of the smog.
As the government is pushing for a massive expansion of sugarcane and the construction of 29 new sugar mills in the Northeast, many communities are pushing back. But others welcome the development projects, hoping for a boost of local economies.
The Isaan RecordNovember 1, 2019
An analysis of Thailand’s sugar industry hampered by low world sugar prices, farmers consistently growing at a loss, and local opposition to new sugar mills as the government champions “Smart Farming,” an 80 percent increase of sugarcane production by 2026, and 29 new mills in the Northeast. How do these plans square up with reality?
The Isaan RecordOctober 10, 2019
Questioning the role of sugar in Thai society, especially in Isaan, a region with the highest number of people suffering from chronic diabetes in the country, Kridpuj Dhansandors asks whether the problem has been handled the right way.
กฤตภัทธ์ ฐานสันโดษSeptember 30, 2019
Representatives of Mitr Phol Group and the Office of Cane and Sugar Board talk about sugarcane in the Northeast and their role in the region’s sugar scheme.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 27, 2019
As the government is planning to build 29 new sugar mills, each equipped with a power plant, in Isaan before 2024, communities are responding, fearful that the projects will impact local livelihoods and the environment.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 25, 2019
Air-quality data is critical to tackle Thailand’s annual air pollution crisis. But in Isaan, the country’s largest region, the problem remains invisible as most provinces have no pollution monitoring systems in place.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 23, 2019
The combined challenges of monocropping and pesticide use have prompted beekeepers, academics, and environmentalists to speak out in the name of bees, biodiversity, and the businesses that use honey.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 20, 2019
Modern farming is destroying traditional sources of nectar. Increasingly, beekeepers are becoming mobile, transporting their bees throughout Isaan and even to other regions in search of nectar.