Vietnam Farmers Sue Vedan for Damage to Aquaculture

By Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Vietnamese farmers will sue Vedan Vietnam Co. a monosodium-glutamate maker, for damaging aquaculture by releasing untreated waste into a river, Vietnam News reported, citing Nguyen Van Phung, vice president of the Ho Chi Minh City Farmers Association.

Many farmers are now in debt after more than 300 hectares (741 acres) of land in Thanh An commune in Ho Chi Minh City that farmed clams and oysters have become severely polluted and can no longer be cultivated, the report said, citing Phung.

The Vietnamese government earlier this month suspended Vedan Vietnam’s operations and fined the company for improperly discharging effluent and chemicals into the Thi Vai River near Ho Chi Minh City. Vedan Vietnam is a unit of Hong Kong-based Vedan International Holdings Ltd.

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