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Feb 11, 2016

P.U.P. Leader Says Papaya Company’s Departure Was Foretold

John Briceño

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, they only got word of Fruta Bomba’s departure two days ago, but P.U.P. leader John Briceño, who hails from the north of the country, says that explanation is unsatisfactory. According to Briceño, the writing has been on the wall for a long time now and the ministry was caught off guard because officials were sleeping at the wheel.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“We, in the north, have been calling the attention of the Government for some time. On more than one instance both Hon. Jose Mai, the representative from Orange Walk South and myself have brought it to the attention of the Government in the National Assembly during House meetings, pointing out that we have been seeing a systemic decrease in acreage of papayas. Just last week I was talking to one of the landowners that had rented out almost five hundred acres of land to Fruta Bomba. He was pointing out to me that Fruta Bomba had stopped planting in their farm and they were going to be converting that land for cattle grazing. That has been showing signals that something is going wrong. We have lost hundreds of jobs. We had at one time close to a thousand people working in the papaya industry, and every so often you hear they are letting go people. Just two weeks ago twelve or so people were let go. Now with the press release it’s sad for us in the north. It’s going to be tough for us. As it is now the sugar industry is going through one of its toughest periods ever, and to compound it with Fruta Bomba closing its doors within the next six months, we are going to have another hundred or more Belizeans losing their jobs.”

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2 Responses for “P.U.P. Leader Says Papaya Company’s Departure Was Foretold”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    The politicians in Belize are very stupid including Barrow. GOB doles out massive fiscal incentives to attract and retain bona fide investors who turn out to be economic leeches . They stay only until these fiscal incentives are exhausted, then walk away with all the profits. (One can’t really blame them since the cost of doing business is prohibitively high.) Next on the chopping block will be ASR after their fiscal incentives terminate; also Santander which can’t cut the muster as I write. Barrow and his incompetent politicians are so economically stupid.

  2. Dah weh di betta deh weh mi yet fi come? says:

    Hon. John Briceno. Congrats on your new leadership role. My dad used to say ,”outta evil cometh good.” This is the time for you to shine, especially for the north as you are from that area and it is really looking doom and gloom for the north. Sugar business going to the dogs. Now Fruta Bomba. So what economic activity will sustain the north now? And not only the north, because these two economic earners have ripple effects. Fruta Bomba will not only affect workers. What about the truckers? what about the brokers? What about the folks renting land, banks and others I don’t know of? This leave me thinking what will be the next business that will close it’s doors? Free Zone? Where is the “BETTA IS YET TO COME?” IS THIS IT? I read where Petrocaribe monies is almost finished. So look at this, no Petrocaribe monies, no more foreign exchange from papaya. reduced foreign exchange from sugar, the Mexican government not happy with Freezone and contrabanding.
    Barrow will soon be “CHECKMATED” and if you Mr. Briceno make the right move you will really have him cornered. See Barrow knows how to tell lies, he is a “lawyer”, you are a business man. You know how to earn money, provide jobs etc. Orange Walk has lots of business minded people. Look at the bus loads going into Belize city to work each day. I noted where in them canefields, corn and beans grows very good. The farmers have all the implements. Just as the Central American refugees got monetary help so they could have gotten on their foot, I believe the same can be done for the farmers in the North. Look at Belmopan now, who is supplying all the vegetables there? The cane farmers got land, water, implements etc. A little monetary help I am sure will get the north to become a bread basket. See people may stop buying papaya and other goodies but they will never stop buying food Corn and Beans. People have to eat.
    Mr. Briceno, I believe you got enough smart people around you so I believe a little brain storming will make you “CHECKMATE” bredda Barrow. Don’t wait on him and his government because I don’t think they have the brains enough to come up with solutions. See how they spent all the Petrocaribe money and nothing substantial to replace that fuel money earner. Their hands are tied. They no have a clue. They are frightened now I imagine.
    Looking forward to see your next move Mr. Briceno. In the chess game one wrong move and it’s hard to win the game. I think “Tacos and PIBIL” wah haunt them now as they used up that money without sense.

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