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Jun 5, 2015

SICB Rescinds Decision to Cut Quotas

Ezequiel Cansino

Two weeks ago the Sugar Cane Production Committee made a decision to review cane-farmer quotas, which resulted in a cut in a majority of them. Already faced with the prospect of cane left standing in the fields because of the shortened season, the decision was unpopular, to put it mildly. The Sugar Industry Control Board was forced to step in to quell a potentially explosive situation, and the decision was put on hold pending a more comprehensive survey. With that completed, a follow up meeting was held in Orange Walk today. B.S.C.F.A. Committee of Management Chair Ezekiel Cansino provided News Five with an update following that meeting.

 

On the Phone: Ezequiel Cansino, Chairman, Committee of Management, B.S.C.F.A.

“In the meeting with SICB, SICB ruled to hold off on the implementation until all parties have a chance to review the results. And that’s what happened and today we had the meeting to see what will go on. So all agreed, especially the cane farmers associations; the two associations agreed to hold-on on the implementation of the survey.”

 

Mike Rudon

“So at least for this sugar cane crop season, the quotas won’t be affected?”

 

On the Phone: Ezequiel Cansino

“No, it won’t be affected. We won’t implement that but we have to say very clear…the farmers have to be clear that right now they are doing mapping and a complete survey and this survey that they are doing should be implemented for next year.”

 

Mike Rudon

“In terms of the survey Ezequiel, I know that some persons we’ve spoken to have said that it is not credible. That in fact, the people they are saying don’t have cane in their fields actually do have cane in their fields. What’s the thought of the B.S.C.F.A. about the survey?”

 

On the Phone: Ezequiel Cansino

“Well the fact is that there are cane farmers who don’t have the amount of cane that reflects on their production estimates. But there are other farmers who have more than that. That’s a fact, but in this survey, we saw that it is not convenient to implement it because we are trying to be fair with everybody and it is very impossible to do that. And we believe that by implementing this survey, we would worsen the situation for some cane farmers.”

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