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Jun 12, 2012

Belize Sugar Industry’s sweet season

The Factory Manager at Belize Sugar Industries Limited had announced that the 2011-2012 sugar crop closed last Thursday. It was an exceptional crop season; the production targets were exceeded and the farmers are looking forward to a handsome second payment. The quality of the sugar cane being milled also maintained high standards. But since the decommissioning of the controversial core sampler, John Gillett, explained how the current measures ensure that the cane being delivered meets the required standards.


John Gillett, Factory Manager

John Gillett

“A few years ago we used to use the core sampling to do that and we all know the history of the core sampling. But right now how it’s done, we have groups of farmers, they group together and we try to average about one hour milling and they come in within that certain time frame and we pass that cane through the mills and we collect that sample and once we collect that sample, that sample is analyzed and we base it on a relative quality system. So it doesn’t matter, what time of the year you’re delivering, the payment will be relative and that is the way in which we calculate the payment for each test group throughout the year. The latest cane price estimate went out for sixty-four twenty-four and the farmers got eighty percent of the original estimate. While I cannot tell you exactly how much it’s going to be, the second payment should be quite attractive because that payment will then go up to ninety-five percent of the estimate and then the third payment will be paid in November pays the other five percent. So off hand, I cannot tell you how much it’s going to be but it’s going to be fairly attractive.”


By the start of the next crop season in November, B.S.I. will be under the management of American Sugar Refinery, but Gillett says the production system, which worked so well for this crop, is not expected to change.


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