Smog in north Thailand cost economy S$241 million

Smog in north Thailand cost economy S$241 million

A seminar for economic reform yesterday assessed damage to the economy from Thailand's recent smog crisis in nine northern provinces at Bt6 billion (S$241 million).

The meeting to conclude issues related to the Thai economy and contract farming for law amendments was hosted by the National Reform Council (NRC)'s Finance and Monetary Reform Committee.

It also discussed the northern smog, which has been a chronic issue since 2007 and reportedly stemmed mainly from outdoor burning of agricultural waste, said a committee member Chalee Tangjirawong.

He said the region had seen corn stub burnings over 5 million rai, resulting in smog that took a toll on the economy and tourism.

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