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Dec 31, 2014

B.S.I. Speaks on Legal Applications

The membership of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is scheduled to convene a special meeting on Sunday in Orange Walk where a vote on the start of the crop season will be taken.  Once the result of the exercise is favorable work can get underway at Tower Hill by next week.  That, however, depends on an agreement that has been struck between the committee of management of B.S.C.F.A. and Belize Sugar Industries Limited.  If the agreement is rejected, both parties will return to their point of departure and negotiations will once again commence from scratch.  It is indeed a lengthy process, one that is being encumbered by the prospect of an injunction.  This afternoon, we spoke by phone with B.S.I.’s Chief Financial Officer Belizario Carballo who says that the application for judicial review is being influenced by persons who have been absent from the negotiating table.


Belizario Carballo

Via Phone: Belizario Carballo, Chief Financial Officer, B.S.I.

“Essentially the B.S.C.F.A. has decided to take the agreement that currently has been finalized and take it to their membership for what we would consider to be re-ratification and for them to be able to proceed to sign.  What is important to note is that we currently have an agreement with the B.S.C.F.A., so the process of negotiating an agreement was concluded this week and we were hoping that we could have signed that agreement either Monday or Tuesday on the basis that the last two proposals that the B.S.C.F.A. came back to us on last week Wednesday, we responded to those two fully accepting them.  We responded to the B.S.C.F.A. on Monday, Monday of this week and so we felt that that then cleared the way for the agreement to then be signed and so we were expecting a signature of the agreement on Monday or Tuesday of this week and that would have then led to an agreement between the parties of a start of crop date which we were expecting to have occurred either Friday or Saturday of this week.  So that is the plan that we had for this week and that was how things were developing but unfortunately the process has been stalled by this request and in fact there was, as you know, an application; it’s not yet an injunction, it’s just an application.  But there is a process that has been set afoot to seek to stall the process which is, in our view, unfortunate because it is being led clearly by individuals who have not been part of the process.”

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2 Responses for “B.S.I. Speaks on Legal Applications”

  1. farmer says:

    Carballo, Carballo what a Caballo you are, I am a farmer and I dont agree with this agreement. how can i give full ownership of my can to BSI when he only pays a portion of it during delivery. If BSI speak about buy and sell, speaks about taking ownership of the cane being delivered. Pay the full price/ per ton of can upon delivered and we are set. IF BSI does that then i can sign an agreement that gives BSI ownership of the product. Politics is involved in this sh$$.

  2. CEO says:

    The cane farmers should never give up ownership because as technology changes there may be other more valuable uses for the cane and it byproducts.

    This is a partnership industry because the farmers share in the loss when the price of sugar falls so why shouldn’t they share in the increases when there is a new market for any product or byproduct from the cane industry.

    BSI are just the typical big business that do not care squat about the farmers who sweat and toil to put money in the pockets of BSI.

    I wish the farmers would have the stones (talegas or balls) to plow their field under if they do not get what they should; unfortunately the fat rats at BSI is betting that they will not and cannot do this. Read a little about American history “The Boston Tea Party”.

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