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Jan 7, 2015

P.M.’s Take on State of the Sugar Industry

Dean Barrow

Even as the B.S.C.F.A. tries to chart a path over rocky roads and through shark-infested waters, there are increasingly loud reports of discord among farmers. News Five has covered every meeting of the general assembly, so we know first-hand that there are many farmers who want the crop to start now. With what’s happening now there is little hope of that happening now, or even in the near future. So does that spell disaster for the B.S.C.F.A.? Prime Minister Dean Barrow seems to think that indeed, it could.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“What I do fear and I hope that it doesn’t materialize…already I understand that there are rumbles of discontent among those who want a crop and who in effect were defeated yesterday. I hope that we don’t see a situation in which there is going to be a breakup of the B.S.C.F.A., or at least a hiving off of a significant section of their membership. But clearly there are those who want a crop just as much as there are those who don’t want a crop, at least not in the context of the present agreement. I am no expert but my sense is that while those that won yesterday are in the numerical majority, those that want a crop actually have more cane on the ground, and I fear that in that kind of a situation we may well see a new association come into being, and quite honestly I wouldn’t want to see the B.S.C.F.A. become split…there is always more effectiveness in greater numbers, but maybe I am getting ahead of things, but I say this simply because it allows me to underscore how unsatisfactory the situation is and how much there is uncertainty to the extent that we really don’t know what comes next.”

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1 Response for “P.M.’s Take on State of the Sugar Industry”

  1. Ali BaBarrow sez says:

    Plan B

    Nationalize the cane industry like BTL & BEL.
    Get Guatemalans laborers to do the work.
    Get the Guatemalan politicians to finance the loans.
    Make huge commissions for the 40 thieves.
    Put Senile Sedi and Admiral Hulse in charge of the new business Belize Cane Ltd.
    Sell stock in BCL to Belizean suckers.
    Dump the stock and pocket the money for Ali.

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