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Nov 11, 2011

Angry farmers put pressure on DPM Gaspar Vega

On Wednesday, News Five went north to San Juan in the Orange Walk District and into the cane fields of over two hundred caneros, whose crops are being destroyed. A plot of land reported to be about two hundred acres was bought by Government from a company, Belize Distills, for residential lots. Now, this parcel of land, which is now primarily cane fields, was distributed under the previous administration. But Deputy PM and Area rep of Orange Walk North, Gaspar Vega, says that GOB acquired the property some five months ago from Belize Distills. This morning it got rowdy in Orange Walk town when a group of affected caneros lay waited Vega who was appearing on a radio talk show, the police however prevented the farmers from approaching the D.P.M. On Wednesday the cane farmers told News Five that they want compensation for their investments.

Andrea Polanco

Isabel Cardenas

“When it comes to the land itself, is this your property? Do you have maybe a lease for it or something?”

Isabel Cardenas, Cane Farmer

“Well at the last moment the P.U.P. gave us but at the last moment the elections were coming and they nuh finish to do the papers nuh so that is the problem that we have.”

Jorge Briceño, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Orange Walk North

“Whether the previous government, according to Mr. Vega and all the stories that he has been telling people, whether the previous government did not give this land properly we have been trying to get that information. We have found out that yes, it was government property, it was issued, and a minister issued this. Entering as a government, you must respect what a previous government has done and honor them and if you want to do changes you have to compensate the people.”

Andrea Polanco

“So, some of the owners of these plots of cane back here, some of them have been making payments?”

Jorge Briceño

“Yes, they started to make payments and then all of a sudden, Natural Resources, I was told stopped accepting payments on the property and they were told to reapply. We have evidence of that and we also have evidence where Mr. Vega signed one of these documents he claim is illegal, instructing Mr. Luna, one of the members of his Ministry, to please reopen the file. If that were the case then he as government official is accepting that these contracts are legal binding government contracts.”

Andrea Polanco

Jorge Briceño

“I think that one of the things that maybe the farmers would like to see is that if their crops are destroyed, they are compensated?”

Jorge Briceño

“Well that is natural, we hope that this government realize that under his ninth amendment or under whatever laws he is gonna use to clarify what he is doing and justify what he is doing, then we expect him to also compensate the people fairly and put a real value and not a value where they come in and tell you take this or you won’t get anything.”

The parcel of land in question is said to have been a part of the holdings of Petrojam, which at that time had interest in Belize’s sugar industry.

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6 Responses for “Angry farmers put pressure on DPM Gaspar Vega”

  1. Be Real says:

    why are the farmers angry about land which aint theirs? i told u guys that the farmers were not telling the whole truth. why fight for something that aint yours instead of being nice and asking the government to help u guys get new farmland in YOUR NAMES!!!!!

  2. Rod says:

    This land is now going to the barrow family ustedes caneros son brutos es de ustedes este gobierno lo where para la familia de barrow el dice que no le Gusta ningun Latino y que todo va ir solo a Los negros.

  3. mustard says:

    The GOB giveth and the GOB take away.. I would not plant one seed on land that i had no paper on, and, still planting when payments refused.. The same old PUP-UDP story, ya know we get tired of it, of the low rent tacky tricks of both the UDPUP , the be same, what is the color if you mix red and ble together?
    trivia question. lol

  4. general says:

    I THINK I REMEMBER SEEING THESE SAME OLE FOOLS AT THE 9AMENDMENTS SAYING “YES TO THE 9″

    YOU ASKED FOR IT POOR OLE FARMERS – I AM NOT SAYING GOOD FOR U BUT I AM SAYING THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER BE MISLEAD BY POLITICIANS…THEY ARE ORGANIZED CRIMINALS.

    HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE GANG TRUCE WITH “PM GANG AND GEORGE STREET GANG” THE PM GANG HAD TO GIVE IN TO THE LOCAL……

  5. Charlie Price says:

    Time to OCCUPY BELMOPAN again…..THIS TIME WITH TRUCKS and TRACTORS!!!

  6. joe lopez says:

    Rod, I think u are the bruto those lands are claiming their properties, it was for petrojam one time and after petrojam left to work the lands the caneros went and take their parcels without asking permision to any one! So why are they crying for something which is not their property!!

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