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Jan 8, 2016

BEWU’s Take on Rice War

Marvin Mora

Mora, as Secretary General of the Belize Energy Workers Union, also addressed the issue of the Guyanese rice sitting at the Big Creek Port in Independence. He says first, that as a consumer of the staple and given current economic conditions, the rice could be put to best use by humanitarian organizations and for feeding programs. But the elephant in the room, says Mora, is the CARICOM Singe Market Economy (C.S.M.E.).

 

Marvin Mora, General Secretary, BEWU

“That press release is in a sense outlining our recommendations to government. Now government can chose to do whatever they want, but that’s the recommendation from us as representatives of the different families that form part of our unit.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about that…should they destroy it?”

 

Marvin Mora

“In the honest opinion of the union, we believe that they shouldn’t and I think that the government already realized that it would not be a wise thing to do. Whether the government chose to deal with it internally; distribute that rice to different organizations that are already catering for the needy or they decide that they are going to send it abroad to another country; that is completely up to the government of Belize. But we don’t believe that it should be destroyed. The issue with the rice is basically coming now to the forefront because in reality, the issue is not with the rice or Jack Charles or importers; the issue really is about the CSME and the fact that Belizean producers are not ready to compete in the international or regional market. That now is putting a strain on the government because the government is trying to stop the importation of products from the Caribbean countries which is totally legal because we have already signed on to that. And our producers and our farmers even in terms of services—for example people who would be technically skilled—we don’t have standards, we don’t have certifications that could match those from international markets so we are in a little jam there.”

 

The Belize Progressive Party (B.P.P.) also issued a release today objecting to any intentions by the Government of Belize to destroy the containers of Guyanese rice. The release says that given the current economic hardships, disenfranchised Belizeans could benefit from the distribution of the staple through coordinated humanitarian effort. The release ends by the B.P.P. calling on the Prime Minister to “reconsider any such move to lay waste to the shipments of rice.”

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1 Response for “BEWU’s Take on Rice War”

  1. Steve says:

    Oh shut up that is none of your concern- now employees want to tell employers how and what to do- go start our own enterprise and take a risk then talk- it’s easy to just want more- say thanks you have a job you ingrate

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