Thailand's paddy fields burnt in readiness for new planting season
Nakhon ratchasima, Thailand. 13th April 2013 -- Acres of paddy fields in northeastern Thailand seen here after having been set alight to clear the previous year's rice crop stubble. The Thai government is trying to bring this practice to an end in an attempt to reduce pollution. -- As the entire country celebrates the annual Songkran or water festival, many northeastern rice farmers still take part in the practice of burning old crop stubble in their paddy fields in readiness for a new planting season in June and July.
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