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Nov 20, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister meets with B.S.I. and A.S.R. to diffuse tension in sugar industry

Executives from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association were purposely absent from a meeting on Garifuna Settlement Day. With the clock ticking, this afternoon, C.E.O. Joey Montalvo of B.S.I. and ASR Vice President, Ricardo Lima met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Gaspar Vega.  The purpose of the meeting was to urge the company to return to the negotiating table and reach an amicable agreement with the cane farmers association regarding the millions of dollars in revenues generated from the use of bagasse.  According to Vega, government is trying its best to avert industrial action.


Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture

“As you know, there was an intention on having a meeting yesterday to go back to the negotiating table.  For different reasons the cane farmers association did not show up and we are very concerned, the government is very concerned.  We would like this line of communication to stay open to ensure that we have a crop this year.  It is of high importance to us to have a crop because that’s our industry in the north and one of the biggest if not the biggest industry in Belize.  So basically what our role is to ensure that both parties come back to the negotiating table so that they can come to a common understanding so as for us to have a crop that we need.”


Isani Cayetano

“What is the latest development coming out of this meeting this afternoon?  I know you guys met to discuss the state of affairs but what is the most salient thing coming out of this afternoon’s meeting?”


Gaspar Vega

Gaspar Vega

“The most important thing as I have been telling both parties is that they have to go back to the negotiating table, they have to because they won’t be able to arrive to any agreement if they don’t meet and discuss and they have to learn to compromise, you know.  That is life.”



“Sir do you believe that the cane farmers plea to request payment for the bagasse is rational?”


Gaspar Vega

“I would not want to be put in that position.  I would like both parties to come to a common understanding and to realize how important the industry is to our entire country.  I would like the cane farmers to be able to get the best deal possible.  The entire government would like that but at the same time we have to recognize certain limitations within the industry, within our plea for more payment.  There are limitations on both sides and that is what both parties have to learn to recognize to be able to talk to each other without confrontation.”

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6 Responses for “Deputy Prime Minister meets with B.S.I. and A.S.R. to diffuse tension in sugar industry”

  1. Gappy's Beano says:

    The face of the UDP.

    Trust them, they screw you with a gentle smile, you will hardly notice the pain.

    They are UDP, they make sugar sweet. Home of the sweet deals, UDP.

  2. Rod says:

    And the big corrupt thief speaks he should be in jail along with his comrades and fellow thieving buddies.

  3. Belizean says:

    @ROD, You have proven yourself to have zero comprehension what “sugarcane” and “industry” means. I would compare you to a kid trying to swim in 1/2″ inch of water=SHALLOW MINDED

  4. Buju says:

    @ Belizean

    Let me give you a word of advice

    I learned a long time ago not to read any of Rod’s comments – either he is extremely foolish or
    he is saying things just to piss off people

    either way – I PAY HIM ABSOLUTELY NO MIND!

  5. concern says:

    Belizean surely you r a UDP who goes smelling ur higher ups @5535.

  6. Rod says:

    And don’t worry belizean you will be right their in jail along with your thieving corrupt udp buddies the armpit of Belize once again you show that you are an ignoramus of the worse kind thank god you don’t live in Belize anymore .l

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