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Aug 5, 2015

Are Caneros Prepared for Changes in Sugar Prices Come 2016 Season?

Ezequiel Cansino

While cane farmers are enjoying the fruits of their labor for a bumper crop this season, come 2016 things will get a lot tougher, as sugar exported to the international market won’t be sold at preferential prices.  It is a significant change that the Belize Sugar Cane Farmer Association is bracing for and projections for the next crop are fairly high in order to meet the demand for sugar and maintain competitive prices.  According to Chairman Ezequiel Cansino, a system will be implemented to deal with the transition from Fairtrade prices.

 

Ezequiel Cansino, Chairman, B.S.C.F.A.

“We are expecting from the cane farmers for next crop good quality cane…of course we will keep with that. And we hope that we start as cane farmers try to do our best to lower our costs because it will definitely…everybody is predicting that we will have a huge reduction of the price. But if we do keep our quality and start to implement practices to increment the yields of acre, I think that we will survive this…the hard times that is coming in the future.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Mister Cansino is there anything else that you may want to mention that I am overlooking in this interview?”

 

Ezequiel Cansino

“Well we have been saying that this year is a record one, but history and cane farmers have been telling me that in the seventies there was at least two years that these prices came—and I think it is more than this that we are receiving today. But from then until now, we have been doing better every year and I hope that by keeping our best practices of harvesting and the good quality, we will be able to mitigate the reduction of the price for this…at least for the coming years.”

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