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Jan 14, 2015

B.S.C.F.A. Collects Signatures from Farmers

The protracted standoff between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and ASR/B.S.I. has been in the news headlines for weeks, but is the crisis finally coming to a resolution?  That’s what we asked B.S.C.F.A. chairman, Ezequiel Cansino, today when we sat with him exclusively.  Despite factions of the association proclaiming that they are signing the agreement in protest, Cansino says that they are garnering a majority of signatures approving the endorsement of the proposal.  As it stands, Cansino says they have collected over three thousand names and only the Orange Walk branch has so far expressed its heavy heartedness on the matter.  A letter, says Cansino, has been forwarded to B.S.I. and once the agreement is signed, the harvest can begin as early as next week.


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

“We are in a position that we have sent a letter to B.S.I. that we are willing to sign this agreement.  We are basing ourselves on a consultation that the eighteen branches’ directors went [to] their own respective branches and this was done at the eighteen branches and we asked them to get signatures from the cane farmers who are willing or accepting to sign this agreement.  We have sent this letter to B.S.I. and I hope to have a response soon and the result of this consultation or signing that we got from the cane farmers we have in total three thousand eighty-eight signatures that said yes.  But this is not the entire cane farmers that are saying yes because we have other cane farmers that had called in with their respective directors and have said yes they are willing to sign and we, up to today, we have more cane farmers coming at the office signing this paper.  So this number is increasing.  Every hour it is increasing and we, based on that, we are saying that, well, we have up to now the majority of the cane farmers that are willing to give this green light for the B.S.C.F.A. to sign the agreement on behalf of them.”


Isani Cayetano

Ezequiel Cansino

“I am being made to understand however, that the signature of the agreement is being done in protest.  Can you elaborate on that or can you clarify?”


Ezequiel Cansino

“Well, we have only one branch that made mention that some of their members are saying that they are willing or accepting this to be signed under protest.  But the rest of the cane farmers and the branches are okay, they are saying to go ahead.”


B.S.I., we are told is preparing to move swiftly to formalize the agreement with the farmers. 

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2 Responses for “B.S.C.F.A. Collects Signatures from Farmers”

  1. Carl says:

    Good Day,

    I am noticing that it’s only one (1) out of eighteen (18) branches or a mere 5.5% who are signing in protest – this is saying a lot. In order words, only a few people (mainly political figures) are fueling the fire not to sign the agreement. Everyone was on board to sign the agreement before (the game of politics) came into light.

    I also heard a comment a couple days from the “Leader of the Opposition” which was quite surprising and shocking. Leader of the Opposition said “Go away ASR” – to me, that is a senseless and idiotic statement. If ASR goes away, it essentially means that you would want the North and the entire country to perrish. There would then be no jobs for majority of the people in the north, which would lead to increased poverty and crime in the country just to name a few. There is also the international repercusions that would follow, we would then be downgraded by Standard and Poors and probably numerous other entities. This would result in the problematic pain of acutally getting and obtaining foreign investors to actually come and invest in our country. You have to speak with sense “Mr. Leader of the Opposition”, I am truly dissapointed by your words.


  2. Belizean says:

    Do we now see that the farmers were misled? Why is only a small group saying they will sign but in protest? The old dinosaur needs to be gotten rid of. This thing is so so obvious. BSCFA is slowly become a thing of the past. Nothing lasts forever. Especially once you find out that corruption was rampant within the association like a bag of rotten potatos.

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