Vedan to meet farmers for compensation talk

Vedan Vietnam, a producer of monosodium glutamate (MSG), Monday announced that its general director would officially meet with the farmers associations of Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces and Ho Chi Minh City. They will discuss lawsuits from local farmers filed against the company for polluting the local environment and causing losses to farmers.

Fishermen along Thi Vai River are waiting for compensation from Vedan Vietnam (Photo: VietNamNet)

The head of Dong Nai Association of Farmers, Tran Nhu Do, said that up to now there were 10,918 farmers suing the company and demanding compensation worth VND1.3 trillion, a two-fold increase since the previous demand of VND569.6 billion.

Vedan, however, has offered a much smaller sum. The company has suggested VND25 billion for what it called “support” for farmers to recover losses and damage to land.

Due to disagreements with Vedan’s suggestion, farmers asked to officially meet Vedan’s general director, or board of directors, to negotiate compensation. 

By Lam Hien-Translated by Quynh Nhu

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