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Pollution-absorbing plants being promoted

MOAC to distribute seedlings as part of its ‘Green City Initiative’

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) will on Sunday (February 9) officially launch the distribution of seedlings of six plants known to be effective in absorbing pollution. The aim is to tackle air pollution caused by high levels of PM 2.5 particles.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will preside over the official opening ceremony for the “Green City Initiative by MOAC” campaign at Siam Paragon Shopping Complex in downtown Bangkok.

From 10am to 2pm on Sunday, those who registered online via www.green-city.online between February 4 and 8 can collect up to five seedlings per head at the mall’s Parc Paragon area to plant at their homes and help to create green areas across Bangkok city.

The campaign – jointly organized by the MOAC, the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and the private sector – will be introduced in various provinces in upper Thailand with high levels of PM2.5 dust particles in due course.

File Photo Credit: Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (www.moac.go.th/)

The six plants – Creeping Daisy, Regel Medallion, Spider Plant, Iris Lace Fern, Coat Buttons, and Creeping Fig – have been chosen by the NRCT due to their ability to absorb pollution and dust through stomata (small pores in plant tissue that can be opened or closed like tiny mouths to regulate gas exchange).

They should be grown outside houses and offices as well as in roadside planters and public parks to reduce dust and pollution. Farmers are now being encouraged to grow seedlings for sale.

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