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Farmers accuse Better World Green of polluting their farming area, but the company says local farming techniques are at fault

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SARABURI: Fifteen years ago, rice paddies covered large areas of tambon Nong Pla Lai in Saraburi's Kaeng Khoi district. But local farmers claim the water they used in the past for agriculture, bathing and cooking cannot be used for those purposes today. 

Srivalin Boontap, 61, said a swamp used by residents has been a receptacle for wastewater from Better World Green Plc (BWG), the SET-listed industrial waste management company, for 15 years since the company was set up. One farmer spent hundreds of thousands of baht planting rice on 16 rai next to the swamp but could not sell the crop.

Ms Srivalin shows the water in the swamp. The source of the pollution very much remains a matter of intense debate.

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