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Jan 25, 2021

Valley of Peace Farmers Blame Valley of Peace Farms Ltd. for Damaged Crops

Tensions between the Valley of Peace Farmers Association and Valley of Peace Farms Limited got high last week. The farmers are blaming the company for damaging their crops. Chairman of the Association, Ever Blandon, says that Valley of Peace Farms Limited carried out aerial spraying, using chemicals that eventually killed their crops. Manager of Valley of Peace Farms Limited Gilbert Canton Junior says it wasn’t them. Canton Junior did say that the company conducted aerial spraying but one and a half-mile away from the farmers’ crops. Today, we got both sides of the story.

 

Gilbert Canton Jr.

Gilbert Canton Jr., Manager, Valley of Peace Farms Ltd.

“We put down a spray. We used two chemicals. One as a grass killer and one as a broad leaf killer. We put it down on a field about one point five miles northeast of their farms. We had westerly winds that day so it would have been very difficult for that spray to travel one point five miles and come down and damage them. However they said they were seeing some damage and so we asked the Ministry of Agriculture to come out and do an assessment. We also did an assessment and what we found is what they were experiencing was not consistent with two things. It was not consistent with the damage that would have been done with the chemicals that we use. Second, the indications were not consistent with what we call spray blithe which is damaged caused by a sprayer. In terms of sprayer blithe, you wouldn’t just certain crops. If you notice in their complaints there are cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes were damaged. The beans were not. If our spray had hit, everything would have been damaged, the crops, the beans not just a few crops.”

 

Ever Blandon

Ever Blandon, Chairman, Valley of Peace Farmers Association

“He was spraying a mile and a half away but the thing is that the plane came all the way to the farms where they did their turn so we suspect that would be the issue why those crop was burnt.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“So the Ministry of Agriculture is doing their own investigation, have you  heard anything from them?”

 

Ever Blandon

“Not yet. Yes they are doing their own investigation but we still have not received any report from them.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Talk to us about the damage itself, how many plants we are talking about, what type of plants, how many farmers are affected and the value of damage on the crops?”

 

Ever Blandon

“Well, there are about fifteen farmers that are complaining of this same issue. We don’t have a value for the damaged crop. Some crops are recovering like cucumber. Cilantro has not recovered, some lettuce but the damage has done. But the message here is that we don’t want this to be a continued occurrence. This has happened about two to three times in the past and I think that cannot continue anymore.”


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