Polluter Vedan pays pledged compensation to affected farmers

Vedan Vietnam transferred August 17 VND22.874 billion (US$1.2 million) to the Ho Chi Minh City Farmers Association to compensate farmers for losses it caused to them by polluting the Thi Vai River.

Representatives of Vedan Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City sign the compensation agreement on August 13 (Photo: Dan Tri)

The money is half of the compensation amount which the Taiwanese MSG producer has pledged to give affected farmers in the city’s Can Gio District.
On the same day, Vedan transferred VND26.8 billion ($1.4 million) to the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province People’s Committee to compensate affected farmers in the province.
The company also remitted additional VND500 million ($26,300) to the committee to cover the province’s cost of inspecting and calculating economic losses suffered by affected farmers.
According to agreements signed on August 13 between Vedan and representatives of the city and province, the remainder will be transferred on January 14, 2010 at the latest.

Vedan has yet to strike any deal with Dong Nai Province which suffered most from the pollution, with total estimated damages of nearly VND120 billion ($6.3 million).

Dong Nai authorities and farmers are still arguing about the rate of compensation.

By staff writers – Translated by Hoang Yen

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