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Mar 6, 2015

B.S.I. Receiving Sugar Cane Deliveries from Separate Entities

Mac MacLachlan

For the first time in history, B.S.I. has been receiving cane from three separate entities, which made for some logistics chaos at the start of crop. That all seems to have been worked out! MacLachlan says that where the Strategic Development Plan and crop are concerned, things are going as well as can be expected.

 

Mac MacLachlan, Vice President, International Relations, ASR

“I’m absolutely delighted with that level of cooperation. We’re meeting very frequently, and we’re meeting with much wider stakeholders as well. Yesterday we had an excellent discussion with the banking sector and the commercial sector of Belize. I think it was extremely well represented. We’re talking about credit facilities for canefarmers and how that can be structured as part of the strategic development plan. And so basically we’re really moving forward with this process as we have to, and I’m very pleased with the level of cooperation we’ve received from everybody.”

 

Reporter

“And in terms of the addition of new canefarmers association…has that been working out?”

 

Mac MacLachlan

“It’s been working fine. We’ve seen it working practically on the ground. Where there have been issues the three associations come together and resolve them. During the discussion of the strategic development plan everybody has their point of view and their opinion and I haven’t seen any dissension at all among the groups. It seems to be working well. Of course let’s be realistic…everybody knows each other in this industry and we’ve been sitting around the table in one form or another for a very long period of time. So that hasn’t changed in that sense. But this is all about looking at the future, it’s all about improving efficiencies everywhere…in the mill, in the field, in every aspect. That’s what we have to do to reduce the cost of production of sugar to make it competitive going forward.”

 

Where the current sugar crop is concerned, ASR reps MacLachlan and Ruiz say that mill is working well, and farmers are delivering high quality cane effectively and efficiently. But the final milling figure for the crop will depend on the start of the rains, something none of the parties can control. 

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