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Jul 6, 2015

Sugar Crop Extended Amid Record Year

Gaspar Vega

Following a request by all cane farmers associations for an extension of the 2015 crop, B.S.I. stated late last week that it would not consider extending the crop for a number of reasons including the increasing rains. But that position has changed, and this morning farmers got some good news at a hastily called press briefing. Minister of Agriculture Gaspar Vega says G.O.B. got concerned because there are cane-farmers who have not been able to deliver even a piece of sugar-cane, so he personally intervened with ASR representatives, and that intervention has resulted in an extension of five days, to July twelfth.

 

Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture

“At this moment I want to tell Mr. Carballo, B.S.I./ASR, that I for one am very grateful for them making that change, for lengthening the crop because this is the type of actions that we need from all stakeholders in the sugar industry. We need to show not only to the industry but to this country that all stakeholders of this industry are committed to the industry and that we’re willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that the industry moves forward. I also want to make mention to all the cane-farmers, or all the leaders and all the farmers that are listening that we will be extending the waivers of licenses up to the end of this month for all the equipment that they use for the hauling of the sugar cane. This success story is owed again to all stakeholders because while the sugar cane farmers associations produced much better quality cane harvested in a much better manner, B.S.I. also milled in a much more efficient way – in other words they were able to get much more sugar out of much less sugar cane. So we hope that this continues especially for these next five, six days, for the farmers to ensure that they burn cane in the most responsible manner, and the harvesting they were doing three, four months ago continues because we don’t want to lose the quality that we have worked so hard for, for the entire crop.”

 

There is one condition – that if the rains come down in quantity B.S.I. can end the crop with forty-eight hours notice.

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