In the quaint and serene Nong Kok village located within the Surin province, there’s been a mounting outcry involving an indigenous pig farm. This farm, quaintly nestled within the village’s core, has become a bane to its residents, due to the pervasive and unrelenting odour it has been producing for over two decades. Local villager’s patience is rapidly waning as the once-lovely aroma of their village has been replaced with an incredibly repugnant stench, compelling them to make recurrent hospital trips owing to ensuing health complications. Much to their frustration, though numerous complaints have been lodged with the relevant authorities, the situation seems to be put on a perpetual backburner, leading to widespread speculation of influential meddling and reinforcing the villagers absolute need for immediate government intervention.
Regrettably, the pig farm, standing at the centre of the village, has endured for more than 20 years and stretches over a whopping two kilometres. As dire as it sounds, the noxious smell, a by-product of pig waste, pervades the entire community like a relentless beast, resulting in residents grappling with an extensive line-up of health issues along with repeated hospital trips. Even more alarmingly, any attempts to voice their grievances about the pig farm to the local municipality was met with ill-tempered retaliation from the already-inflamed farm owners instead of the much-needed solution for this odiferous nightmare.
Upon a closer inspection of Nong Kok village, an entourage comprising more than ten villagers and officers from the Prasat Police Station were found to be painstakingly supervising the pig farm, which is strategically situated in the centre of the village, sitting adjacent to the main road. According to KhaoSod’s report, this massive pig farm is an extensive architectural marvel of over 200 metres, with three interconnected barns stretching its length. However, each attempt to communicate with the not-so-accommmodating farm owner results in hostility and dissatisfaction.
The gravity of this pressing issue eventually attracted the attention of local media and police, in a desperate bid to establish a rapport between the farm owner and the distressed villagers. Yet, it appears like an uphill feat as the owner — a former mayor — is rumoured to hold considerable local influence. Consequently, the crippling situation hasn’t seen any signs of improvement, leaving the villagers reeling.
Chronicling the ongoing saga in Nong Kok village, the pervasive odour from the pig farm lingered intermittently and was observed to be extremely pungent. Phraithip Jonklai, a 59-year-old resident, opened up about the untold ordeal they face due to the incessant odour. She detailed how her grandmother has been suffering intense discomfort for about four to five years caused by breathing difficulties, recurring headaches, loss of appetite, heart palpitations. All these troubles seem to be emanating from persistent exposure to the pig waste odour.
Equally distressed was Pimpimol Panthip, a 46 year old resident, who expressed her dissatisfaction forthrightly. She voiced her concerns about how the invasive pig farm odour has wreaked havoc on the community’s quality of life, causing chronic illnesses and countless hospital visits. With the authorities yet to take any concrete action, she made a heart-rending plea for state agencies to come forward and provide a permanent solution for the weary villagers. Despite the ordeal reaching the press, there has been no sign of any resolution, leaving the troubled villagers hanging by a thread.