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Dec 8, 2016

B.S.C.F.A. Rebuts Combative Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro

While the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association has made it clear that it wants no further part of Escalante, a combative Edmond Castro is a different story. He has threatened to sue if the B.S.C.F.A. continues to blame him for their suspension and accused them of mismanagement of the “ghost farmer” situation. But the Association issued a careful but sharp response, stating that Castro should take his concerns to the Sugar Cane Production Committee and stop maligning the B.S.C.F.A.

 

Oscar Alonzo

Oscar Alonzo, C.E.O., B.S.C.F.A.

“We have not made any accusations against Mister Castro. As you can see we have not raised his name in terms of the noncompliance identified by Flocert. This…we revealed the name at our general meeting and that is a private meeting; our membership has a right to know. So we did inform them that that was the individual involved. But when it comes to this presentation, it is true the name has already come out, but we are treating it the way the auditors are treating it because it could be any body; not necessarily Mister Castro. So the situation is applicable to any person. And he talks about decertification; we have not been decertified…we have only been suspended. And he’s talking about our mismanagement and that we should have cleaned our books. This is not a matter of cleaning books; this is not an accounting exercise where you reconcile and clean your books. As we had mentioned before, this issue of who appears on the cane farmers list is not something that the association can do on its own. It is a thing that the S.C.P.C. needs to do each year through a free survey and then determine if that farmer can be retained in the list or have his quota adjusted in relation to his production estimate that has been verified. And also we cannot apply on behalf of any farmer, on behalf of Mister Castro for any license to be transferred. That is a business transaction that has to be conducted between him and the person from whom he is getting that license. And he has to ensure that he follows the procedures that are required by the S.C.P.C.”

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