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Ministry of Natural Resources acting as mediator to settle Valley of Peace farmers land dispute

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020. 12:31 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Natural Resources says that it has intervened in an attempt to settle a land dispute between farmers from the Valley of Peace area of Cayo and a company called Valley of Peace Farms.

Reports are that the company has some 18,000 acres of land in the area, but that the farmers have been growing produce on over 1,500 acres included in the company’s total, for over 20 years. The farmers took Plus TV for a tour of the area this morning where they showed acres of vegetables.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Hugo Patt, told our newsroom that he has asked the Commissioner of Lands to look into the matter so that the issue can be resolved quickly.

“We have spoken to both parties and we have said that the best thing for everyone is to come to an amicable solution. But if that cannot be achieved then they will have to go through the court system. As I understand it those farmers have been working that land for over 20 years,” Patt said.

We have been informed that the farmers have decided to protest in front of the Lands Department in Belmopan. We will be following up on this story.

 

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