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Oct 10, 2014

Farmers Will Not Delay Start of Crop

B.S.I. has stated that because the farmers are fixated on bagasse, an agreement seems unlikely. The 2014-2015 sugar cane crop season is set to start in the next six to seven weeks, and BSI has stated that any delay like last year would be destructive to the industry. In that opinion, at least, both parties are in full agreement. The BSCFA is not contemplating any scenario which would delay the delivery of cane.


Alfredo Ortega, Vice Chairman, Committee of Management, BSCFA

Alfredo Ortega

“We know that if the farmers don’t deliver their cane, they are unable to make a profit on their investment. So we are looking into the situation, we know last year was a year that God blessed us with everything that happened, we started with a late crop and we saw the problems that arise with those farmers who were unable to deliver. So we have to look into a different way of doing things so we are asking them to consider. If we are partners in the business, let us work as partners, I might not like you but once we are in a business arrangement we need to look forward were both of us could win. And that is where they want to have all the dollars in their pockets without having the farmers to get a portion of that benefit that they are getting due to the sales of electricity. If you are saying that we are partners, then respect us as we have been respecting you and let us work together in the benefit of the industry. We are not envisioning that, as you know they were in the vicinity of almost sixty thousand tons that were left in the field. We have to look forward that our farmers get the benefit, so we are looking forward in a different way how we will be dealing with this situation. All we are asking for is the unity of the farmers. We want it so that together we can end up with a win-win situation into this situation that we have with BSI. There are many options and that is why we have ministers in place and they should come into the picture and give a helping hand to either group. Whichever group is in and in this case it is the cane farmers that are asking from BSI/ASR. There are three legs in the industry, BSI as the manufacturers, the farmers as the producers and the government of Belize which is represented through the sugar industry control board. So whenever we have a dispute that we are unable to reach into good terms between two of us the third party come to mediate and find a way to a solution.”


Ortega says that the BSCFA will now write to the Sugar Industry Control Board once again, seeking an intervention in the impasse between the parties.


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2 Responses for “Farmers Will Not Delay Start of Crop”

  1. melinda says:

    we are sick and tired of hearing farmers whining about bagasse payment. they have bee offered 1/2 million free dollars and these greedy people want more free money without putting up a dime? all the time you hear about “sacrifice” . Its a bloody job,for Christ’s sake. They deliver 1000 tons on average and make 70,000 each year for that. and they only work for 8 months each year. cane farmers have to grow up and behave like the rest of the farming community in Belize

  2. Belizean says:

    What investment did the farmers do towards the baggase? Mr Ortega, please answer that question. There is not one single penny of direct investment by the farmers toward the baggasse. It is just the most nonsensical argument I’ve ever come across. It’s like the tacos vendor in OW telling me that they will charge me .25 cents more for the tacos because I am using the left over bones in the tacos to feed my dogs.

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