Farmers sued after refusing to pay for failed fertiliser

Feb 19, 2009 (DVB)-Farmers in Irrawaddy division’s Eine Mae township have been sued by a fertiliser company after refusing to pay for fertiliser they used in last season’s failed crop.

Soe Myint, the sole distributor of Pakokku-based company Shwe Thee Hnan in Eine Mae, convinced farmers in Kyat Khat Khut village earlier this year to buy the fertiliser.

According to locals, the company promised them they would make more profit if they used it, and that if it didn’t work they wouldn’t have to pay.

One farmer, who claims that the crop failed in the last agricultural season after using Soe Myint’s fertiliser, said:

"The farmers refused to pay for the fertiliser as they had this agreement made with Soe Myint, and they complained about the whole thing to different levels of government administrations in the region.

"But then the company tried to convince the township Peace and Development Council by pointing out a lot of reasons why the crop had failed, and they are now suing the farmers who didn’t pay them."

He added that some village officials who were disappointed with the lack of justice on the case had resigned from their posts.

"Now the farmers are struggling with their livelihoods as they made no profit from the crop and also they are very likely to appear in court very soon," he said.

Reporting by Ahunt Phone Myat

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