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Jan 14, 2015

Disbursement of Fairtrade Monies Continues

Regarding the use of Fairtrade funds being paid out to farmers, Cansino says that the suggestion to replace the spent monies with PetroCaribe dollars is a singular idea coming out of a splinter group of the B.S.C.F.A.  While agreeing that the disbursal will lead to decertification, Cansino says that the ball is already in play and farmers are already collecting their share of the four million dollar payout.


Ezequiel Cansino, Chairman, Committee of Management, B.S.C.F.A.

“Concerning this four million dollars that is being distributed or disbursed to cane farmers, at this time we actually, we will stay without Fairtrade funds.  So we will not be able to deliver those projects that were planned in December or November and we will definitely, we will not be able to do this project and we will be forced to dismiss some employees because we are absolutely getting broken up with that Fairtrade funds.”


Isani Cayetano

“But doesn’t that then affect the certification?”


Ezequiel Cansino

Ezequiel Cansino

“Yes, Fairtrade has sent us letters stating clearly that we might be decertified if this happens and well it’s happening and we are already disbursing this money and we are delivering it to the cane farmers.”


Isani Cayetano

“In an interview that I conducted with the former vice-chairman Mr. Alfredo Ortega on Tuesday, he mentioned that for his respective branch which is the Orange Walk branch, there was a suggestion made in a meeting held where the government can be approached for assistance to replace what has been disbursed via PetroCaribe funds.  Has this conversation or suggestion been brought to the fore elsewhere within the B.S.C.F.A.?”


Ezequiel Cansino

“Well we had a meeting with the eighteen directors yesterday and Mr. Ortega was also present and he never mentioned anything about that so I cannot say anything about that.”


The B.S.C.F.A. will be hosting a joint press conference with the Belize National trade Union Congress on Thursday at midday in Belize City and we will have all the developments coming from that press conference.

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