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Jan 16, 2015

Sugar Act to be Amended on Monday

Dean Barrow

And so ends our coverage of the critically complicated sugar industry tonight. On Monday there will be a sitting of the House of Representatives, where the government will push through amendments to the Sugar Industry Act. Today, PM Barrow confirmed that it will happen. He says that he does not expect the crop to start before the week of January twenty-sixth, and that will allow government to pass the amendments mandated by the 2010 Court Order.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“And I stress here, that those amendments do not go beyond the narrow compass directed by Justice Oswell Legall. The comprehensive overhaul of the Act that is also overdue will have to await full consultation with and consensus from all stakeholders. But in the meantime, the minimum changes necessary must be enacted now both to ensure Constitutional compliance and to operationalize the working structure under that Constitutional compliance.”


Late this evening, News Five was reliably informed that the B.S.C.F.A. has called a general assembly meeting for Sunday, at which the Association expects farmers to vote for signing on with ASR/B.S.I…for the final time.

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2 Responses for “Sugar Act to be Amended on Monday”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Now Belizeans, do you understand why we must rescind the monopoly given to ASR/BSI. If we can’t see the stupid, negative economic effects of monopolies, then we deserve all the horse shit ASR/BSI is dumping on us. Change anything in the law books but if you don’t rescind the monopoly, we will have nothing still and ASR/BSI will be dancing on our poor oppressed-slave graves.

  2. farmer says:

    Farmer voted yes because they don’t have an option, just bare that in mind. They didn’t voted because they really agree to the agreement being tabled.
    GAPI/DEAN BARROW time will come, that has been signaled by many farmers, even farmers that voted RED. They have to go!!!

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