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Green Tropics and Valley of Peace farmers continue negotiations

Andrew Marshalleck

Andrew Marshalleck

Andrew Marshalleck

Monday, June 23, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The dispute between Green Tropics Limited and the farmers’ cooperative in Valley of Peace, Cayo District, has entered the legal realm.

It is not yet being settled in court, but after face-to-face talks recently broke down between the two sides, the only communication between them has been through their attorneys.

Andrew Marshalleck, and Cayo South area representative Hon. Julius Espat today said Green Tropics’ latest proposal has been forwarded, but they do not believe their clients will accept it and so it has been sent back for further amendment.

Marshalleck and Espat do not believe that the eviction notice issued to the farmers will be executed, at least not until negotiations are completed whether successfully or unsuccessfully.

And for those who suggest that this is rewarding squatting?

Both Hon. Espat and attorney Marshalleck say their clients have put in their time on the land in question.

Marshalleck also noted that Green Tropics has not taken full liability for causing the damaged crops.

For now, the two sides do not require intervention of the Ministry of Agriculture, as in the farmers’ view they are better able to meet with Green Tropics on equal terms.

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