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Jan 5, 2015

B.S.C.F.A. Attorney Comes Under Fire From Membership

Javier Keme

But Coye’s position came under swift attack from Javier Keme, the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the B.S.C.F.A.  Keme rejected Coye’s view that the new agreement provided farmers with the better deal. He accused Coye of flip flopping.

 

Javier Keme, Chairman, Finance Committee, B.S.C.F.A. (Translated)

“The thirtieth of November at our general assembly, he made a public announcement in which he referred to B.S.I. as wolves dress in sheep’s clothing. If you recall wolves in sheep’s clothing. He mentioned that ASR/B.S.I. wants to have us by nails, wants us to be just workers and not cane farmers. I don’t understand why if he got this impression from the document, that he did not give us the legal advice as to what is his position. He came here and said that we are fighting against something that was fair; that the three points were in our favor and we should not have given the property of the cane. I don’t understand in what moment was the reason for Chris Coye changing radically his position.”

 

Chris Coye

Chris Coye, Attorney, B.S.C.F.A.

“What is it that you are putting at risk? What is it? What are the alternatives? If you do not accept this agreement today, what are your alternatives? Nobody knows that you will get a better deal. Nobody can tell you here on the stage or back there or amongst yourselves that you will get a better deal. So you have to be realistic and that is why I am saying that it is your decision. But you have to understand that these are the alternatives. There are alternatives that if you accept, it continues. If you don’t accept there is no agreement. What happens if there is no agreement? That is where you have to consider. A position has been made that okay we will sign an interim agreement. It would be great if we could sign an interim agreement and negotiate going forward, but I urge you to be realistic. Is that a realistic possibility? If it is realistic then you have your choice to make. But at the same time if it is not, then what happens? You stand to lose the crop; you stand to lose all your revenue and what happens then. Are you going to lose the entirety of this association? Will this association stay together? These are decisions that all get wrapped up in this one decision today. That is what you are facing. All these decisions what the implications are and what it means by you making a decision to approve or not to approve.”

 

All be told, tonight negotiations are off at this point between the B.S.C.F.A. and ASR/B.S.I.  We will continue to update you on the perils of the sugar industry. 

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5 Responses for “B.S.C.F.A. Attorney Comes Under Fire From Membership”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Belizean caneros will have lost their indigenous sugar industry unless they force Barrow and his corrupt UDP cohorts to abrogate the monopoly provided to ASR/BSI and allow competition to buy, sell, exchange, and manufacture the sugar. These troubles will be perennial to do otherwise. But you were warned before. You didn’t heed the warning and the results will continue to be catastrophe until competition is introduced and/or farmers obtain their own factory i.e. putting together their own vertical and horizontal company. Heed this warning.

  2. sydney says:

    Ricky your comment makes no sense. If you believe the UDP govt is corupt, why would you recommend that the caneros turn to them for assistance?

    You cant have it both ways.

  3. Teacher says:

    The cane farmers do not know what they are asking for!

  4. sydney says:

    Unfortunately in our country this happens way too often. We jump head first to sign agreements without performing the appropriate due diligence and review. After we sign it then we want to undo it. If the cane farmers did not get competent advise and directions when they signed the original agreement, their gripe should be against those who advised them. NOT against BSI. You shouldnt hold someone ransom when you realize they are making more money on the deal than you imagined. To entertain this type of behavior just sets a bad business climate in belize

    this same situation happened with BNE where PUP gave them the chicken coop, the hens, rooster and the wolf. There after we realized it was a horrible one sided deal and UDP tried undo itl. We cant be upset with BNE or BSI for that. We need to vent our anger against those who are either incompetent, corrupt or both and who rush through these contracts for whatever reason.

  5. Belizean says:

    You got that right @Teacher. Every ticking minute that goes by, and they keep being stubborn, brings certain downfall in the industry.

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