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.
With more courtesy our colleagues at LOVE FM, here is attorney for the farmers, Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck.
“There has been an agreement with both parties, they’ve both agreed to the terms and I think it works in the interest of both sides. In terms of exactly what it is from the farmers’ side, they’re releasing any claims they have based on any adverse position of lands belonging to Green Tropics other than a 160 acre parcel that’s been identified. And they’re also releasing any claims that they have arising out of the damaged crops.
From the company’s side, from Green Tropic’s side, they’re agreed to subdividing off a 160 acre plot, readying it for agriculture and transferring title to the farmers. I think it’s a positive step for both sides.
It works for the farmers in that they now have legal title to the land, defined space, know that their rights are and can continue their farming. And it works for the company in that the squatting issue has been resolved, the crop damage issue has been resolved, and this is without any admission of liability on anybody’s part, and they regularized the relationship with their neighbours, so it sets a positive framework for them to move forward.”