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Jan 17, 2014

Another delay to the beginning of the crop season

Alfredo Ortega

Following the signing of an interim agreement between B.S.I. and the B.S.C.F.A. early this week, the 2013 – 2014 sugar cane crop was to have gotten underway on Monday, January twentieth at ten am. But it won’t. It has been delayed until Friday, January twenty-fourth. That’s because work on the very critical sugar roads has just started, and there is no way that they will be in adequate condition by Monday. In late November, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made it crystal clear that G.O.B. would do no work on sugar roads until a date for crop was set. In hindsight, that probably wasn’t the smartest decision to make, thus a further delay when the crop is already almost two months past traditional start date. Late this evening Vice-Chairman of the B.S.C.F.A.’s Committee of Management Alfredo Ortega told News Five it is regrettable, but necessary.


Via Phone: Alfredo Ortega, Vice-Chairman, Committee of Management, B.S.C.F.A.

“We had a meeting today with the engineer from Works and also the DPM and the Minister of State and some other government officials with the B.S.C.F.A. and the B.S.I.  And based on the information given by the engineer, he made an assessment yesterday, and only twelve percent of the work has been done in Orange Walk Division and two percent in Corozal. So based on that information we gathered together and together we made a decision to delay for four days more. So we get into agreement that crop will start now instead of Monday, but Friday at the same hour, ten in the morning.”


Mike Rudon

“Is it expected that most, if not all, of the wrks will be done by then?”


Via Phone: Alfredo Ortega

“Well it is depending on the weather. But it is expected that at least between fifty and seventy-five percent will be finished by that time.”


Mike Rudon

“Fred, could this be something like a blessing in disguise because if the weather is good each additional day will result in a better quality of cane?”


Via Phone: Alfredo Ortega

“Yes of course Mike; that would be beneficial for us. Also that means that we will really have to coordinate when crop starts so that less cane we’ll be seen at the end of crop in the field.”


All fingers are crossed that the next week will be full of sunny days, which would be good for the works, and good for cane quality. 

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2 Responses for “Another delay to the beginning of the crop season”

  1. Patriot says:

    It is very disappointing to see that road contractors fixing sugar roads are just filling in exactly the pot holes found in the sugar roads. Gov’t should remember that these sugar roads are also major roads that people from the various villages use to go to town or other villages to carry out their everyday business. Next rainy season we will experience the same problem with very bad road conditions.

  2. oneida says:

    what is the effect that the current weather conditions is impacting on the agricultural sector. “Bananas, oranges, papayas, rice etc.
    What impact does the current weather has on man and climate.

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