Farmers from North and Northeast of Thailand continue burning agricultural waste leading to a rise in air pollution. According to the local media reports, the farmers are burning sugarcane to prepare fields for next season.
According to the Pollution Control Department, the ultra-fine PM2.5 pollutants have been reported higher than average level across 18 provinces which are harmful.
The sugarcane farmers choose to burn the leaves off the plant before harvesting the sugar-bearing stalks in order to save time and money. The source of the harmful pollutant PM2.5 is from sugarcane burning.