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Valley of Peace [Photo courtesy Google Earth]

Valley of Peace [Photo courtesy Google Earth]

Valley of Peace
[Photo courtesy Google Earth]

Wednesday, September 24, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting:  We have been following the efforts of the farmers of Valley of Peace, Cayo, to seek a negotiated solution with Green Tropics Limited over destruction of valuable crops by herbicide spraying which occurred some months ago.

The farmers faced legal action for allegedly “squatting” on the lands, but news of a settlement has come through that gives both sides what they want.

Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck says neither side admits any liability with regard to the dispute.

The farmers are releasing any claims on adverse possession of lands belonging to Green Tropics save a 160-acre parcel, as well as claims for crops damaged by herbicide sprayed by the investor earlier this year.

The plot in question has been identified by Green Tropics which will be responsible for subdividing the plot, readying it for planting and ensuring that title will be granted.

This, says Marshalleck, both resolves the squatting and crop damage issues and regularizes the status of the farmers.

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