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Jan 7, 2021

A.S.R./B.S.I. Says SIMIS Perfect Tool to Help Cane Farmers

Mac McLachlan

But A.S.R’s Mac McLachlan strongly disagrees with the Minister.  McLachlan says that SIMIS is a hugely important tool that can be used to develop and modernize the industry.  He says if the system had been effectively implemented by this time around, the struggles that farmers are facing would have probably been non-existent.

 

Mac McLachlan, VP, International Relations, A.S.R./B.S.I

“I have mentioned in the past the use of SIMIS, the Sugar Industry Management Information System is hugely important because that gives you a much better understanding of cane and where it is. For example if we knew the topography better of where the cane is you can pull in cane for higher areas during wet periods and pulling cane from lower areas during dry periods and everybody would win because the overall purity of that cane would be better across the crop. Look, SIMIS is not rocket science. It is use by many industries around the world. All it is it is a GIS based land management tool. So you basically have a satellite picture of all the different cane areas. So you know exactly how many fields are in cane. You know exactly once the information is input properly as most of it has been in Belize you know exactly how many acres there are. I think there are about seventy eight thousand acres sugar belt land and each of the parcel IDs are identified. The ownership of that parcel is identified. The beauty of SIMIS is what you then do is you layer on top of that basic information, lots of different things.  And believe me I am not selling SIMIS. I am just explaining what it does in industries. It is up to the farmers and government at the end of the day if they want to use that and modernize or move forward or not. But from our perspective it will make life an awful easier and we would probably not have the kind of interruption and difficulties that we have been having recently.”


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