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Jan 14, 2015

Crop Season Should Start Soon

Ezequiel Cansino

Still yet, the petition to gather as many signatures approving the endorsement of the agreement has been described as B.S.C.F.A. yielding to pressure being brought by government, as branch directors have gone on record to voice their discontent for not getting the best deal.  But farmers are cash strapped and after Thursday’s press conference by the prime minister, there has been a sense of defeat among them.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Is this the B.S.C.F.A. buckling under pressure, bowing under pressure seeing as though these individual farmers who make up the membership of the B.S.C.F.A. are cash strapped and the fact that delay of the crop is affecting them financially?  Is this now the B.S.C.F.A. giving in to what B.S.I. has proposed?”

 

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

“Well, since the AGM where the majority of the cane farmers present at that time that gave us the go ahead to sign this agreement, we had the feeling that the cane farmers they were accepting this without pressure or something like that.  But at the last AGM we saw that the cane farmers went and decided that this agreement was not to be signed and right now we are saying, well the cane farmers are saying go ahead and sign it.  I feel that maybe some cane farmers feel that they are being pressured to do the signing or giving us the mandate to go and sign but the need to start a crop is in everybody’s interest.  So I think that yes maybe we are having some pressure to sign this agreement but up to now we are having the majority of the cane farmers that are saying to go out and sign the agreement.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Does this then spell an end to the impasse?”

 

Ezequiel Cansino

“I believe so.  By this maybe we will be finished with all this impasse that we have had from December up to now.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Where would you stand concerning the ownership of cane, the payment for bagasse as a byproduct and what have you?  If you were to sign on to this present agreement that’s before you, what does the B.S.C.F.A. benefit out of what has been proposed?”

 

Ezequiel Cansino

“Well Isani, we have been discussing all these three issues in the agreement and when we decided to go ahead with or accepting this we did it with the eighteen directors.  Then we saw that the other three directors started to say no and you have heard and you know what has happened.  So in the agreement of the seven years we have said clearly that if nothing happens in the planning of the strategic plan, well in three years we can finish this agreement.”

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