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Apr 4, 2014

Valley of Peace farmers seek legal counsel for loss of damages to crop

On Thursday, Green Tropics’ Country Representative Beverly Burke, along with Chief Agricultural Officer Roberto Harrison and a team from the media, flew over the acreage of produce near Valley of Peace that has been allegedly destroyed by aerial spraying.  While there is yet to be concrete proof that the crops were damaged by the use of Roundup, farmers in that agrarian community have begun exploring legal options to seek remedies from the losses.  This evening, president of the Valley of Peace Farmers Association Guillermo Maroquin met with attorney Andrew Marshalleck to discuss the possibilities of a lawsuit against Green Tropics, if it is determined conclusively that the company is responsible for the damages.  Following that meeting, Maroquin gave News Five an update.

 

Guillermo Maroquin, President, Valley of Peace Farmers Association

Guillermo Maroquin

“Just this evening we have met with our lawyer and we explain the case and we are waiting still for the results from the Ministry of Agriculture. Up to this point we are still trying to reach to weigh it because we can’t reach the company. I feel like they are trying to avoid the fact that it’s their plane and their damage. If we can’t reach an agreement we will go to court and we will fight this case because it is not fair. We had the crops and we have the right to be respected. If they do a damage they have to compensate for the damage done. If the company is saying I didn’t do it, that is ridiculous, they did their aerial spraying and the next day you see the plants start dying and now they are saying that how it’s some kind of virus and everything. It s like aids if you have aids your immune system will start to die and any virus could kill you. Now the plants could have any virus but it’s normal. The plant is weak already.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now you are still awaiting the outcome of the samples and the testing that was done aboard, where do you stand with that?”

 

Guillermo Maroquin

“Well right now we are trying to work close with the Ministry of Agriculture. They are saying that we have to be patient and we hope everything will come back alright.”

 

Samples of the damaged crops, including cabbage, sweet pepper and cucumbers have been sent to El Salvador for testing.  The results are yet to be returned.

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