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Jun 5, 2018

P.U.P. Urges Government to Help Santander Pursue other Sugar Markets

John Briceño

A decision is pending on whether the export processing zone status of Santander Sugar Limited will be amended to allow it to put part of its plantation sugar on the local market, where seven percent of the sales of A.S.R./B.S.I. is reserved. The northern cane farmers’ associations oppose the decision because of Santander’s status, which exempts it from certain business and tax incentives laid on the longer-established industry in the north, which trickles down to the thousands of cane farmers and associated workers. While the P.U.P. does not support the amendment, it called on the government to help open more markets, such as CARICOM, to offset the collapse of the E.U. sugar quota that went into effect last year.


John Briceño, Leader, P.U.P.

“Currently, CARICOM countries import over four hundred thousand metric tons of sugar into the region from countries outside of CARICOM. Our directorate of foreign trade should be insisting that all Belizean sugar be exported to these nations, where we get a better price than what we get on the open market. We have to support Santander; they have invested millions in Belize, and they are our partners. We can support them by ensuring that they and B.S.I. have access to CARICOM markets, in places like Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. While we stand with all our farmers, we are prepared to work with Santander to put pressure on government to get more of our Belizean sugar into CARICOM markets; but we cannot violate our laws to encourage ministerial hustle.”

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1 Response for “P.U.P. Urges Government to Help Santander Pursue other Sugar Markets”

  1. Belizean says:

    Make sure they pay their employees

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