Farmers reject latest offer from Vedan

The Ho Chi Minh City Farmers' Association and related departments agreed July 22 that the VND16 billion (US$800,000) offered by Taiwanese MSG producer Vedan was inadequate compensation for economic damages the company caused to farmers in Can Gio District.

The association also said that it would continue to help famers file a lawsuit against Vedan, which discharged untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River two years ago.

Vedan continued to haggle over compensation rates to be paid to farmers in the district, in a meeting on July 22 with the association, Can Gio District People’s Committee and the Institute for Environment and Natural Resources.

At the meeting, association chairman Nguyen Van Phung asked Vedan whether they would pay VND45.7 billion ($2.3 million), the amount demanded by the farmers.

Vedan said that it would only agree to payouts from VND12 – 20 billion ($600,000 - $1 million).

By the end of the meeting, Vedan offered VND16 billion ($800,000), which was rejected by the association.

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By L.Long, translated by Thu Minh

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