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Ministers from Southeast Asia pledge to eventually eradicate crop burning.


 – Southeast Asian agriculture and forestry ministers have agreed to take collective action to minimize and eventually eliminate crop burning 

In the area, with declining air quality and worry over haze from neighboring areas.

Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),

Following a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a statement was issued. Southeast Asian  the mining and processing of tin

Malaysia, a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), acknowledged the negative effects on the environment and human health caused by tin mining and processing. crop burning practices,” and commit
We aim to collaboratively decrease and eliminate it over time.

single-use plastics.”

The meeting acknowledged the necessity of long-lasting substitutes for disposable plastics. crop burning

The statement mentioned the implementation of novel and eco-friendly methods in agriculture.

The commitment was made in response to the recent days’ unhealthy air quality in various regions of Malaysia and the ongoing high pollution levels in Indonesia.

the island of Sumatra

The environment minister of Malaysia urged Indonesia and ASEAN to take measures as the air quality deteriorates, attributing it to fires originating from Sumatra island, in an interview with Reuters on Thursday. crop burning in Indonesia.

Each year, during the dry season, a thick layer of smoke from fires used to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia covers a large portion of the surrounding area. This poses a threat to public health and raises concerns for tourism companies and airlines. Most of the companies responsible for these plantations are foreign-owned or listed on foreign stock markets.

The government of Jakarta has stated that they have not detected any smoke drifting into Malaysia from their borders.

The members of the ASEAN conference reached a consensus to create and execute educational initiatives and training schemes that promote sustainable techniques in agriculture, while also offering technical support for alternative approaches to land clearing.

change, and a shift in mindset.”

This will necessitate teamwork, ongoing transformation, and a change in perspective. commit

The statement emphasized the importance of cooperation and partnership between farmers, local communities, and other relevant parties within ASEAN countries.

The ministers 

The group also decided to examine and revise current rules and recommendations in order to gradually eliminate the application of antimicrobials in the production of food, according to statements from Reuters.