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Jan 19, 2015

John Briceño Speaks on What P.U.P. Has Done for Farmers…

John Briceño

Inside the House today, Orange Walk Central Area Representative today handed out his share of licks to his colleagues on the government’s side of the House. He started by making fun of government’s ad on saving the industry, and of course took the opportunity to, in his words, remind them of just a few of the things the P.U.P. has done for the farmers.


John Briceño, Area Representative, Orange Walk Central

“The Father of the Nation, the Right Honorable George Price, and the People’s United Party brought in Tate and Lyle that created the modern sugar cane industry. It was the P.U.P. government that negotiated with Tate and Lyle to pass thousands of acres of cane land to Belizean cane farmers in the north, Mister Speaker. That is true social justice; not the social justice that the Prime Minister is talking about. We passed the cane fields to the farmers so that they can deliver the cane to Tate and Lyle or to B.S.I.  The successive P.U.P. governments opened hundreds of miles of sugar cane roads for cane farmers and through successive P.U.P. governments in the seventies, eighties, nineties and all to the two-thousands Mister Speaker, we loaned millions of dollars to the cane farmers to help the small cane farmers in the north.  And yes, this is also important, it was during the first U.D.P. administration—we need to remind them—that they closed down the Libertad Sugar Factory between ’84 and ’89 and it is a P.U.P. government between ’89 and ’93 that opened the Libertad Factory once again. And once we opened it Mister Speaker, when they CAM back into government between ’93 and ’98, they closed down the Libertad Factory once again Mister Speaker. And they are saying that they are fighting for the cane farmers? We also Mister Speaker, it is our government that modernized the Sugar Act, the same Sugar Act that they are now amending, that allowed the real cane farmers to own their cane quotas. Remember when Mister Esquivel was Prime Minister? They made over four thousand phantom cane farmers—they give them fifty ton quotas Mister Speaker so that they can control the association. Many of them noh even see wah cane field, but they have wah quota. We changed the act so that all those phantom cane farmers disappeared and now we had real cane farmers that owned the land, that owned the cane and delivered the cane to the sugar mill. And it is the P.U.P. government, when we in government this last term Mister Speaker, it is we—under our Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Said Musa—we negotiated with the European Union about two hundred and forty million dollars that they are using right now to try to help the sugar industry Mister Speaker. All those roads that they are paving and all the work that they are doing for the sugar industry; it is the work of the People’s United Party government.”

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1 Response for “John Briceño Speaks on What P.U.P. Has Done for Farmers…”

  1. CEO says:

    Good reminder!

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