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Jan 13, 2015

B.S.C.F.A. Membership Says It Will Sign Agreement In Protest

Alfredo Ortega

Ortega further explains the reason why farmers believe that they have been cornered into signing the agreement.

 

Alfredo Ortega, Former Vice-Chairman, B.S.C.F.A.

“That has caused a situation among the farmers because they have said, “Well, we’ve listened to our prime minister on which he said that he is not in favor of the farmers and now we have court case way down to the twenty-third of February which posts us to a very, well a little bit further date to start a crop.”  So the farmers have said, well a meeting was called between the eighteen directors on Friday evening and there it was decided that each branch chairman should go around with their branches, with their respective branch and hold meetings and have the backs of the farmers on what they feel should be the move to go on.  A paper came out on which the farmers would sign yes, if they are in agreement to sign the agreement as is, or no.  And many of the branches, and I will speak of my branch, our farmers in the Orange Walk branch said, “Well, we are prepared to sign but we want them to understand that we will be signing in protest because we are not agreeing to the points but because we are being cornered and what the prime minister said and the date of the court then we have no other choice but to sign.  But we want it to be reflected that we are signing in protest.”

 

So tonight even as farmers begin to sign up to deliver cane, the industry is in turmoil because splinter groups have been popping up but the amount of cane they can supply for milling is still unknown.

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1 Response for “B.S.C.F.A. Membership Says It Will Sign Agreement In Protest”

  1. David says:

    The sugar industry in Belize is nothing new, and that is the problem, because over the last sixty years the industry has been constantly evolving with each change of ownership of the Sugar factory, where I worked 1947 at the age of 14 as a bagger (pouring sugar into crocus bags) at Pembroke Hall, Libertad Corozal district. Because of this evolution in the sugar industry, there remains the BSCI, which have no place in the free market system.

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