A farmer has won a record compensation fee in the history of ground based spraying cases. The farmer has been awarded almost €5million in court, after loss and damage to his crops caused by a neighbours spraying.
The farmer took the case to court after he lost a predominant amount of his crops due to negligent spraying by his neighbour, as reported by abcnews.au.
The grape farmer, Tony Caccaviello, was left dismayed as he began to notice yellow spots developing on the leaves of his plants in his vineyard near Swan Hill, Northern Victoria. He thought at first that maybe he had been victim of frost damage, but upon inspection he realised it was as a result of his neighbour spraying chemicals toxic to grapes in a nearby field.
The court case has been ongoing since 2013, when the incident occurred. The courts heard that a cloud of the toxic chemicals, 2,4-D, metsulfron and glyphosate, blew from the neighbouring field and onto Mr. Caccaviello’s grape vines. The neighbouring field was owned by Rodney Hayden, who was ordered to pay for damages.
Mr. Caccaviello received damages of almost €5million, and it has been reported to be the highest pay out in the history of ground based spraying cases. A one week window has been given to Rodney Hayden, the accused, to appeal the court’s decision.