Farmers’ association to demand compensation from polluting Vedan

The Ho Chi Minh City Farmers’ Association will consider all the claims it has received from members before demanding compensation from Vedan Viet Nam for the damage its effluents caused in Can Gio District.

The Thi Vai River in Dong Nai Province into which Vedan pumped untreated wastewater, damaging aquaculture farms in Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provinces (Filed photo)

Deputy chairman Nguyen Van Phung said the association has received 1,824 compensation claims from farmers in the district whose aquaculture farms were affected by the untreated wastewater the Taiwanese MSG maker released into the Thi Vai River.
 
The Can Gio District People’s Committee and related agencies have said only 1,000 claims are genuine, he said, adding the association and the committee would help the farmers make claims properly.
 
If Vedan does not reply within 15 days, the association would file a lawsuit against it at the Long Thanh District People’s Court in Dong Nai Province, he said.
 
So far, 6,000 farmers in HCMC and Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provinces have lodged claims.
 
The HCMC Bar Association has promised legal assistance.
 
Vedan Vietnam was found last September using an illegal drainage system estimated to have carried 105,600 cubic meters of untreated wastewater every month into the river.
 
This allegedly damaged fish farms downstream in HCMC’s Can Gio District.
 
Farmers there, who said 300 hectares of shellfish were destroyed since 2000, making them bankrupt, are among those demanding compensation.

Along the course of the river, 1,438 hectares of aquaculture farms and crops have been damaged in all, the association said.

By L.Long – Translated by Hoang Yen

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