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Nov 26, 2013

BSCFA taking the bagasse issue to court

Alfredo Ortega

Earlier this morning, at a press conference, B.S.I. reps stated repeatedly that they have tried to get BSCFA to the negotiating table with no success. Of course, the bagasse payment won’t be on that table for discussion because B.S.I. says the BSCFA should take their cause to court. B.S.I. wants to discuss the cane purchase agreement, sans an agreement on bagasse. It hasn’t happened so far and likely won’t. As recent as today, there was an attempt to set up a meeting, but B.S.I. says that BSCFA refused to meet.


Via Phone: Alfredo Ortega, Vice-Chairman, Committee of Management, BSCFA

“That is not so…that is not so. According to the Chairman it was a call that was given to him by the DPM but we did not receive any email or any letter that would say anything about it. You know in any negotiation you have to be very clear. We have sent our correspondence to them whenever we are calling them for a meeting and we didn’t receive any correspondence from them. What we have told them is that we want to meet with them but we want to finalize this issue of the new agreement which includes payment for the bagasse. Once we finalize with that we are prepared to sit down with them with any other issue that needs attention. Today we sent a letter to the Prime Minister asking for his intervention in this regard and to see what will happen out of it. We will be waiting on that for his intervention and after that if nothing happens we will be calling another meeting of the cane-farmers to see where we will be taking the next step. At this point we are acting based on the approval of the farmers from last Sunday’s meeting.”


Again, with the stances both sides have taken, it is very unlikely that there will be any meeting between the parties anytime soon. 

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3 Responses for “BSCFA taking the bagasse issue to court”

  1. Rod says:

    Unu stop cry like some crybaby they don’t need the money you do you makd a contract now unu need fu fulfill unu contract remember greed kills don’t be like this udp gov. Greed kills.

  2. Mark Hall says:

    If I purchase from you a cow for $100 on the hoof, a contractual arrangement has occurred. There was an offer and acceptance and the product is now mine. To say that you are entitled to the bi-product from the cow hide, which in this case could be hand bags, wallets, furniture to name a few is untenable unless the contract specifically states such.. Once the product has been relinquished, it is no longer yours. Any ambiguity favors the buyer. Belcogen is a separate corporation that has nothing to do with the initial purchase of sugar cane , The fault lies with BSCFA for failing to negotiate an agreement specifically making the bagasse a part of the sales agreement.

    My recommendation: BSCFA should deliver the cane on scheduled time an renegotiate some form of compensation for the bagasse. Failure to do so will result in exorbitant law fees, for which no proceeds will be available.

  3. ceo says:

    If the contract does not specifically states that the farmers should be compensated a fair portion. Hey Mark your analisys is flaud. They are not asking for a portion of the electricity generated they are asking for a portion of the bagasse. After they are paid fairly for the bagasse like the sugar they can then use the bagasse for what ever the heck they want. The farmers are selling BSI the cane for a specific purpose once the purpose changes and the cane becomes more valuable the farmers should be compensated. I wish the farmers find the wherewithall to plow the crop under so BSI will get the sense. Stand up farmers!

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