Saturday, October 13, 2007

Pig Power

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By Ploy Chitsomboon and Pisit Changplayngam

For Thai pig farmer Ong-Arj Suwunnatee, going green was not only good for business and the environment, it came as a welcome relief to his neighbours.

"Back in the old days, people knocked on my door and complained about the smell," said Ong-Arj, who owns 4,000 pigs in Nakhon Pathom, 55 km (35 miles) west of Bangkok in the heart of Thailand's hog country.

"Now? They hardly even notice. People around here are happy to show you how to get to my house," Ong-Arj told Reuters after showing off a biogas plant he designed himself during a tour of his 9.7 hectare (24 acre) enclosed pig farm.

"The smell has gone. The flies have gone and I have more cash in my pocket,"
said the 35-year-old father of two. Thailand has begun to embrace biogas -
created from sewage, manure or grass - as a cheap, environmentally friendly way
of slashing its reliance on imported fuels.<BR>
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