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Vedan agrees to compensate farmers

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Taiwanese MSG company Vedan has finally consented to compensate farmers to the tune of VND45.7 billion (US$2.4million) and VND53.6 billion (US$2.8 million) to both Ho Chi Minh City farmers and those from neighboring province Ba Ria-Vung Tau, said Nguyen Van Phung, chairman of the HCMC Farmer Association.

Vedan has agreed to compensate famers in HCMC and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, who are affected by environment pollution caused by the company as it had released untreated wastewater for years.Vedan August 9 also claimed it would determine the indemnity for farmers in Dong Nai Province within the next three days, Phung said.

It has been scheduled that Vedan and representatives from HCMC and Ba Ria-Vung Tau would sign agreement papers on the compensation August 13. One week later, the company will deliver 50 percent of the money to the provinces. Vedan has proposed releasing the remainder from January 10-14, 2011.


Localities’ representatives have yet to approve the timeline suggested by Vedan, Phung said.


Nguyen Van Hau, attorney for HCMC’s Can Gio district farmers in their lawsuit against Vedan, said that he and his colleague, lawyer Nguyen Trong Nghia, would work with the HCMC Farmer Association to write a compensation report for Vedan.


Farmers would drop their lawsuit against Vedan, as the company agreed to compensate them, Hau said.


However, Nguyen Duc, chairman of Dong Nai Province Lawyers Association, said that though Vedan has accepted to pay reparations, farmers still have the right to continue with their lawsuit against the company if they choose.

Source: SGGP

VFA to ensure farmers receive proper compensation from Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

The Vietnam Farmers Association (VFA) will strictly oversee the compensation paid by Taiwanese MSG company Vedan to farmers in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, to ensure that appropriate damages are paid to farmers affected by the company’s untreated wastewater, the association’s vice chairman Nguyen Duy Luong said August 10.

The Thi Vai River has been contaminated by waste water discharged from a Vedan Vietnam plant. (Photo: Dan Tri)

Vedan has agreed to pay affected farmers in Ho Chi Minh City VND45.7 billion (US$2.4 million) and those in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau VND53.6 billion (US$2.8 million).
 
The compensation is supposed to take place August 17, 2010 and in January of 2011.
 
Involved localities have been asked to provide the company bank account numbers for transferring the compensation and banks will act as a guarantee for those funds.
 
The localities will calculate and make plans to deliver damages to affected farmers based on the amount they are due to receive from Vedan.
 
Mr. Luong said the association would closely monitor the payment of compensation to ensure that the proper payees receive appropriate damages and to prevent misusing funds.
 
“It is the farmers’ money, affected households have to receive exact compensation which they are eligible for,” he added.

Source: SGGP

Vedan says yes to US$6.3 million for Dong Nai farmers

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Vedan Vietnam Enterprise Corp., Ltd agreed August 11 to compensate farmers in Dong Nai Province nearly VND120 billion (US$6.3 million).

A pipe releasing Vedan’s untreated wastewater to Thi Vai River in Dong Nai Province

In a document the company general director Yang Kun Hsiang sent to the province People’s Committee yesterday, affected farmers in Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts will receive the indemnity calculated by the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment.


Vedan suggested paying the money in two stages. The company will release 50 percent of the compensation within a week, beginning from the date the province People’s Committee issues the approving paper. The second stage will be from January 10-14, 2011.


It was uncovered in September of 2008 that Vedan had been releasing untreated wastewater to Thi Vai River for many years. Over the next two years, the company continually haggled over how much they would be willing to compensate farmers in HCMC and Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.


After farmers submitted papers to local people’s courts to sue the company and supermarkets began boycotting Vedan products, the company finally agreed to 100 percent of the compensation calculated by the institute for farmers.


On August 9, the company approved compensating farmers in HCMC and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province to the tune of VND45.7 billion (US$2.4million) and VND53.6 billion (US$2.8 million) respectively.


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Source: SGGP

Polluter Vedan signs out-of-court compensation agreements

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Vedan Vietnam signed August 13 agreements to compensate VND45.7 billion (US$2.4 million) and VND53.6 billion ($2.8 million) to Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau farmers respectively for damage it caused to them by dumpting untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River. 

File photo shows the Thi Vai River polluted by untreated wastewater

The Taiwanese MSG producer also agreed to pay each city and province additional VND500 million ($26,300) to cover their cost of inspecting and calculating economic losses suffered by affected farmers.
 
Vedan will transfer half of the compensation to farmers within one week, and the remainder will be transferred on January 14, 2011 at the latest with a bank guarantee by the HCMC branch of Bangkok Bank.
 
The bank guarantee for the city farmers must be sent to Nguyen Van Phung, chairman of the HCMC Farmers Association, and the guarantee for Ba Ria-Vung Tai farmers must be sent to the province People’s Committee within one week from August 13, the agreements said.
 
Mr. Phung said the city’s relative agencies will discuss with affected farmers on a plan to receive the compensation.
 
The association and relative agencies will oversee the payment of compensation to farmers to ensure that appropriate damages are paid to proper farmers, he added.

Source: SGGP

Farmers wavering between asking for compensation and lawsuit against Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

The Dong Nai Province’s Farmer Association August 16 said it will collect opinions of 5,000 farmers, who were affected by Thi Vai River pollution, about continuing sue Vedan and not accepting its compensation.

 

Thi Vai River has been seriously polluted as a result.

Vedan Vietnam on August 13 agreed to pay farmers in the province VND120 billion (US$ 40 million), however, authorities and farmers is still arguing about the rate of compensation.


The provincial People’s Committee asked the association to work with related departments and the province’s lawyer association to collect farmers’ opinion from August 17.


The opinion polls have to be completed in the end of this month, said a representative from the provincial People’s Committee.


The province’s Long Tho Ward, home to 350 farmers affected by Thi Vai River pollution, submitted lawsuits to sue Vedan demanding compensation of VND350 billion (US$ 175 million) . They said VND120 billion would only compensate a tenth of 5,000 local farmers’ losses.


To date, Long Thanh District’ and Nhon Trach District’s People Courts have received over 3,200 lawsuit files from farmers against Vedan. Over 500 more files are being finalised by lawyers to proceed in court.


 

Source: SGGP

Polluter Vedan pays pledged compensation to affected farmers

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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.

Source: SGGP

Farmers receive damages from Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Ho Chi Minh City’s Farmers Association August 18 received the first half of the compensation package, worth VND22.8 billion (US$1.1 million) paid by MSG Company Vedan for polluting the environment, said the association’s chairman Nguyen Van Phung.

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


The association also received VND500 million the Taiwanese company paid for investigation fees and expenses on damage calculations for Can Gio District through a bank in the city.


A bank guarantee was also sent to the association.


The affected farmers will get the second payout by January 14, 2011, according to the guarantee.


Earlier, Vedan agreed to compensate farmers in Can Gio a total of VND45.7 billion (US$2.28 million) for damages caused by its fourteen year pollution of the Thi Vai River.


On the same day, Tran Van Cuong, deputy director of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said  Tan Thanh District People’s Committee received VND26.8 billion ($1.3 million) in the initial phase paid for 1,255 affected farmers and VND500 million for damage calculations.


Vedan proposed the same two-phase payment method.

It has yet to strike any deal with Dong Nai Province which suffered most from the pollution, with damages put at nearly VND120 billion ($6 million).

Source: SGGP

Most of Dong Nai farmers agree not to sue polluter Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Most of farmers in the southern province of Dong Nai have agreed not to sue Taiwanese MSG company Vedan and accept its VND120 billion compensation for damage it caused to them by polluting the Thi Vai River.

The form to collect Dong Nai farmers’ opinions (Photo: Vietnam Net)


Tran Van Quang, vice chairman of the Dong Nai Province Farmers Association, said relative provincial agencies August 27 received back 2,000 forms which they had delivered to affected farmers in Phuoc Thai and Long Phuoc communes, Long Thanh District to collect their opinions on whether they want to sue Vedan or accept its compensation.


He said most of farmers accept the compensation and do not want to sue Vedan, only six said they want to.


About 4,000 forms would be delivered today to farmers in Phuoc An and Long Tho communes, Nhon Trach District, he added.


The province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment sent August 27 an official letter to the provincial People’s Committee to suggest rates for dividing the compensation among affected farmers in line with the figure in the assessment by the Institute for Natural Resources and Environment, in the case farmers take the compensation.


According to the suggested rates, Nhon Trach farmers will receive VND89 billion, and Long Thanh farmers will get over VND30.7 billion.


While Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria – Vung Tau signed compensation agreements with Vedan on August 13, Dong Nai remains uncertain.
 
By August 16, nearly 5,000 affected farmers denied as victims of Vedan and over 3,000 lodged complaints against Vedan with the local court.


Dong Nai authorities had to organize a closed meeting to discuss the case on August 16, and after the meeting they decided to collect farmers’ opinions about Vedan’s compensation.


If Dong Nai farmers agree to the compensation, then they must stop their lawsuits.

Source: SGGP

Polluter Vedan signs compensation deal with Dong Nai

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Vedan Vietnam signed September 10 an agreement to compensate nearly VND120 billion (US$6.3 million) to farmers in Long Thanh and Nhon Trach districts, Dong Nai Province for damage to farmland caused by its illegal discharge of untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River.

Representatives of Vedan Vietnam and the sounthern province of Dong Nai sign the compensation agreement on September 10 (Photo: TT)

Vedan will transfer half of the compensation to farmers in Long Tho and Phuoc An communes in Nhon Trach District, and Long Phuoc and Phuoc Thai communes in Long Thanh districts within one week.


The remainder will be transferred on January 14, 2011 at the latest with a bank guarantee by the Ho Chi Minh City branch of Bangkok Bank.
 
The bank guarantee for the provincial farmers must be sent to the Dong Nai Province Farmers Association within one week from September 10, the agreement said.


The Taiwanese MSG producer also agreed to pay the province additional VND1 billion to cover its cost of inspecting and calculating economic losses suffered by affected farmers.


Dong Nai, which suffered most from the pollution, is the last locality to accept the company’s compensation.


So far, farmers in the province have agreed not to sue Vedan and accept its compensation, only Vien Dong Company has insisted on its lawsuit.

Source: SGGP

Vedan compensation delayed due to arising complaints

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:49 am

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and Ho Chi Minh City will postpone compensation for residents, affected by environmental pollution caused by Taiwanese MSG company Vedan, officials said on Friday.

A section of Thi Vai River was killed by Vedan Vietnam

Deputy director of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Van Cuong said that the US$1.4 million compensation of the first phase was initially scheduled to begin by the end of September.


The decision came after several residents complained that they did not agree with the evaluation of affected areas, made by the Ho Chi Minh City National University’s Natural Resources and Environment Institute, said Mr. Cuong, who is also the head of the damage evaluation board in Vedan case.


At present, the board is collecting 1,255 households’ opinions through their representatives for the most rational compensation method to prevent disputes afterwards.


The same day, chairman of the HCMC Famers Association Nguyen Van Phung said that the association had received over VND46 billion (US$2.4 million) Vedan compensated  for 839 households in Can Gio District.


The indemnity would be extended by the end of October, not September as scheduled because there were 500 more farmers required compensation.


However, 431 of the new claimers are out of the polluted areas, according to the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment, while the rest are not HCMC inhabitants, Mr. Phung said.

Source: SGGP