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Cane Farmer Takes Association Power Struggle to Attorney General

In an update to the ongoing saga of the struggle for control over the Corozal Cane Farmers Association, one farmer says they are now taking the matter to the Attorney [...]

Former DPM Hugo Patt Says Do Away with Commercial Agreement

Also at Tuesday’s U.D.P. press conference, Area Representative for Corozal North Hugo Patt chimed in on the north’s biggest industry – sugar.  Speaking on the labor dispute between A.S.R./B.S.I. and [...]

Patt Comments on Challenges of Holding Cane Farmer AGM during COVID

Hugo Patt also commented on the current state of affairs in the Corozal Sugar Cane Growers Association. Here is what he had to say about the challenges faced in trying [...]

Contraband Onions Affecting Local Sales… Again

The over saturation of the local market with illegally imported onions has been long standing issue for Belizean farmers, especially during harvesting. Over the weekend, one onion farmer from Cristo [...]

C.S.C.P.A. A.G.M. Elects New Officers

In Corozal this morning, a group from the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association was on standby awaiting the removal of Chairman Vladimir Puck and his Board of Directors from the [...]

Vladimir Puck Challenges Outcome of A.G.M

However, C.S.C.P.A Chairman, Vladimir Puck, and his Board of Directors do not plan to vacate the office without a fight. Puck insists that the meeting held over the weekend in [...]

Puck Insists His is the Legitimate Board

Everlado Uk has since written to Vladimir Puck, informing him of the results of the Special General Assembly that took place over the weekend. Of note is the letter, dated [...]

Conflict Continues Within the C.S.C.P.A.

Just because the sugar crop has begun doesn’t mean trouble is over in the sugar belt. Two factions of the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association continue to be at odds [...]

Current Chairman CSCPA Says A.G.M Illegal

We also heard from the Chairman of the C.S.C.P.A, Vladimir Puck. In their releases, the association urged members to, open quote, “stay at home and not get involved with such [...]

Trade Union Congress Commends Cane Farmers and Mill for Recent Agreement

The National Trade Union of Belize has commended the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industry for agreeing to an interim commercial agreement.  A release from the [...]

Agro Processors Concerned About Investment Climate

While the unions are hailing the signing of the interim commercial agreement between the farmers and the mill at Tower Hill as a successful outcome, members of the Belize Agro-Productive [...]

CGA Holds AGM on State of Citrus Industry

The citrus industry has been embattled for several years, amid disease, and inner turmoil amongst growers.  This morning, the Citrus Growers Association, the representative organization for a majority of growers [...]

Sugar Crop Off to Smooth Start

After a two week delay, the sugar crop finally got off to smooth start today. As we have been reporting, the delay was caused mainly by a dispute involving the [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Chairman Says Association Did Not “Bully” B.S.I. into Signing Agreement

But, did cane farmers use undue pressure to get A.S.R./B.S.I. to sign an interim agreement as some would suggest? A.S.R./B.S.I. on Thursday referred to the actions of the farmers as [...]

Interim CA Signed, but New Agreement Needed After That

And while the focus at this point is on ensuring that the sugar cane in the field makes it to the factory in as efficient a manner as possible, the [...]

Sugar Impasse Ends: Agreement Signed Between B.S.I. and Cane Farmers

Tonight, there is good news related to the sugar dispute coming out of the north. A.S.R./B.S.I. this evening agreed to strike a compromise with B.S.C.F.A.  Andrew Westby, Chairman of the [...]

Sugar Mill Had Been Concerned About Blockade

That signing was today, but on Thursday, A.S.R./B.S.I. was still concerned about the blockade and the interruption of the 2021/2022 sugar crop. The company issued a release saying it was [...]

G.O.B. Takes Responsibility for Potential Lawsuit from Blockade

B.S.C.F.A. says is not concerned about any legal challenges that A.S.R./B.S.I. may bring as a result of the blockade and interruption of the sugar crop. According to Westby, the Prime [...]

Angry Cane Farmers Wanted Three-Year Agreement

A.S.R./B.S.I. was not the only ones feeling the pressure from B.S.C.F.A. farmers over the last three days. Prime Minister John Briceño received his fair share of criticism. He had been [...]

Cane Farmers Protest in Front of PM’s House

On Thursday evening, cane farmers took the streets of Orange Walk and protested in front of the Prime Minister’s house. ComPol Chester Williams says that a permit was issued for [...]

Maintaining Civility during Sugar Protest

For the past few days, the police have been maintaining order in the north where cane farmers have been protesting and agitated.  ComPol Chester Williams said on Thursday the Belize [...]

Umbrella Union Organization Supports Cane Farmers

Unions, including the Belize National Trade Union, as well as the National Trade Union Congress of Belize were out in support B.S.C.F.A. members throughout the week.  Luke Martinez, President of [...]

Cane Farmers Camp Out; Voice Concerns over Sugar Crop Delays

In recent weeks, we have heard a lot from the executives at the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, government officials, and A.S.R./B.S.I. officials. But, at the center of the recent [...]

No Agreement Signed Today at Tower Hill; Hope Remains For Monday Signing

And while we were talking to those farmers this morning, the executive at B.S.C.F.A., along with Ministry of Agriculture Representatives and representatives at B.S.C.F.A. were meeting over at B.S.C.F.A.’s headquarters. [...]

Sugar Crop Stand-Off Continues

The standstill outside the gates of A.S.R./B.S.I.’s sugar mill in Orange Walk went into a second day.  Members of the B.S.C.F.A., Prime Minister John Briceño himself, and Minister of Agriculture [...]