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Jan 12, 2015

B.S.C.F.A. Branches Signing On…

There is some movement, though little happiness, in the sugar industry tonight which has been in crisis for months now resulting in a delay of the 2014 sugar crop.  News Five has confirmed that over the weekend, B.S.C.F.A. directors were tasked with going to their individual branches and taking a vote on whether to sign on to the agreement with ASR/B.S.I.  There is information that at news time tonight, a majority of branches have voted yes. But while that is the case, it is not a moment of jubilation in the industry. This morning, the airwaves sizzled with anti-G.O.B., anti-ASR/B.S.I. sentiment. Many farmers, apparently, feel that when Prime Minister Dean Barrow withdrew his support for the B.S.C.F.A. publicly last week, they were left with no option. Today the B.S.C.F.A.’s Chairman Ezequiel Cansino confirmed that the Association is caving in, even if somewhat reluctantly.


Ezequiel Cansino

Ezequiel Cansino, Chairman, Committee of Management, B.S.C.F.A.

“To my point of view and understanding, to what the cane farmers have been voicing, maybe that is the case. But I think that many cane farmers were willing to start the crop with this agreement since before, let’s say, in December when we presented the agreement. We have heard, especially from the Orange Walk Branch, that they are not happy with that. But they are still signing. They are willing for the B.S.C.F.A. to start this agreement and start the crop. But also we have some branches that are signing, but they want to be out of the B.S.C.F.A.  I understand that some branches have finished with their voting, but the reaction of the cane farmers right now, up to what information I received, is positive that we sign this agreement with B.S.C.F.A.”

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7 Responses for “B.S.C.F.A. Branches Signing On…”

  1. farmer says:

    The agreement is being signed because cane farmers dont have an option, i was in my village for the meeting and cane farmers said yes go ahead and sign the agreement even though they dont want. This agreement only benefits ASR/BSI, Dean Barrow and Gapi not cane farmers, government has failed to support the cane farmers. My community, especially cane farmers have said no more to Gapi in OW north, he good is for nothing.

  2. Observer says:

    hold on and be creative to get proper deal for your farmers, think out of the box!!

  3. CEO says:

    When ever Belizeans get to the point that they find something that is worth dying for then and only then will there be any meaningful changes in the state of affairs in Belize.

    The farmers do not plan ahead for these situations so they do not have the ware with all to stand up and fight when important situations like this come up. This is what BSI was counting on.

  4. TIMBER says:

    This is going to have a very bad economic effect on Belize. ASR/Tate & Lyle are slave drivers and these farmers are going to pay dearly. Read about their practices in these third world countries; what they did in Cambodia and other places. Eventually, what will happen is that these farmers will be mortgaging out their own properties to make ends meet. The “Divide and Conquer” approach has once again worked for ASR/Tate & Lyle. Even in the US they screwed over workers. Plant closed in Brooklyn, Houston, Baltimore. For those of you who don’t know, they are the agent for Dominoe Sugar also. I was in Belize for the holidays and it’s dispicable to see what’s going on. I heard Vega and his relative got into the fold. I wonder what’s their financial inerest. What eventually is going to happen, with the new plant being constructed in the West, the price of bulk sugar is going to go down tremendously and the farmers will lose even more. They should have held out for the best deal.

  5. Belizean says:

    Thats right @Observer. But the farmers are in a box within the box, and they’re planning on making another box around it. They have survived up till now, nicely, and now all of a sudden they cant make it anymore. Does anyone smell “spoiled kids’ here?

  6. Patriot says:

    @Observer: It is the plight of the canefarmer. You are not a canefarmer! They don’t need to think out of the box, they think in the canefield when they are sweating while preparing land to plant, when they are harvesting the cane and their is a scarcity of cane cutters, when their canefields are set on fire… many more ordeals that they have to go through when Barrow/Gapi and BSI/ASR owners and executives are in their AC home vehicle living out of the million $ profit of the sugar,

  7. jake says:

    @ farmer It took 3 years to get an agreement, only the members playing politics said no to the agreement at the last minute. Then they said no to the crop because they thought the farmers are stupid. This is when the farmers voted to get the money from fair trade SO fair trade would quit funding a rouge bunch of thief’s. No one is being cornered into signing. My wife signed, BUT only to start the crop, not the baggasse agreement, YOU NEED to as the observer says think out of the box.

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