Thailand, Myanmar coordinate to suppress haze

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TACHILEK – Thailand and Myanmar have forged an agreement to dissuade residents from slash and burn farming to avoid annual issues with haze.

2nd Cavalry Regiment Commander Col Praphat Phobsuwan, as Thai chairman of the Thai-Myanmar Border Consortium, led the 85th meeting of the group in Tachilek of Myanmar alongside his Myanmar counterpart.

The meeting discussed the issue of haze and burning in the border region and concluded with Myanmar resolving to hold a public relations campaign to stop residents of the border town from burning their crops.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment has assembled 20 forest fire and haze control units to respond to any reports of forest fires in the region to further suppress causes of haze, which greatly impact Thailand’s north every year. The units have coordinated with border units in both Thailand and Myanmar to be able to respond to incidents of fire on both sides of the border.