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Jun 2, 2020

A.S.R./B.S.I. Suspends Milling Due To Inclement Weather

In the sugar belt, A.S.R./B.S.I. in consultation with the four cane farmers’ associations decided to temporarily halt milling due to the downpour. The four associations were told in writing of the agreement to suspend the milling of sugar cane at six o’clock this morning. The letter says that over the weekend, the Sugar Cane Production Committee estimated that one thousand six hundred and seventy-five tons of cane were burnt and loaded for delivery and an additional three thousand four hundred and fifteen tons that were on the ground to be loaded. Some farmers arrived late at the factory and this afternoon, B.S.I. suspended delivery.  Word to News Five is that it did not sit well for some farmers who lined their trucks in protest in front of the factory. According to Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai, suspending milling operations due to inclement weather is a decision made to protect the industry. 

 

Jose Abelardo Mai, Area Representative, Orange Walk South

“I understand that the sugar mill will be closing off for a few days. I think that they met yesterday and they decided that they would harvest what has been burnt, what has been cut, deliver that and then close down the factory because if there was a lot of mud during the dry season which was just last two weeks there large amount of mud going into the mill. Now that it is raining you can imagine the amount of mud that will be at the mill. So I think that is one of the reasons and obviously become extremely diffcukt to harvest. It becomes very expensive, the quality goes down. Everything becomes complicated. So I think in the best interest of the industry they decided to suspend the milling of operations for now and give time for waters to recede so that farmers can start everything again. I think I would be about a week at least if it doesn’t rain or at least ten days.”


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