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B.S.C.F.A. Regains Positive Outlook on Commercial Agreement Negotiations

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association says it is making progress with Belize Sugar Industries Limited in naming a mediator for its ongoing negotiations. Today, we spoke with Alfredo Ortega, [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Anticipating Delivery of Two Hundred and Sixty Tons of Stand-Over Sugarcane

With over two hundred and sixty thousand tons of stand-over sugarcane left in the field from last season, B.S.C.F.A. says it has no intentions to cause a blockade or delay [...]

A Media Tour of B.S.I. Factory and the Stainless Steel Investments

The entrance of Tower Hill looks the same way it did ten years ago. But the interior where sugarcane is milled and converted to sugar has undergone a series of [...]

B.S.I. Says B.S.C.F.A. is Being Irrational with Its Demands

The dispute between the American Sugar Refinery, Belize Sugar Industries Limited and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has gone on for the better part of a year and perhaps [...]

Despite the Differences, B.S.I Hopes to Reach an Agreement by December Nineteenth

There have been some demands that the B.S.C.F.A has made on A.S.R/B.S.I., to furnish financial documents that the company does not feel it is obliged to provide since those documents [...]

BSI On Proposed 60/40 Formula: “That Makes No Logical Sense”

We continue our coverage of the ongoing impasse between the Belize Sugar Industries and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, with more from Mac MacLachlan, the Vice President of International [...]

Millers Open to Individual Agreements with Sugarcane Farmers

And, the conversation regarding the signing of individual agreements between farmers and the millers came up once again in Thursday’s interview. A.S.R./B.S.I says it remains open to signing individual contracts [...]

Agricultural Projects Encroaching on Other Important Terrestrial Land Masses

The inflated freight charges associated with the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine, taught countries the importance of being self-sufficient and how costly dependency on importation of food products [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Flips Blame to B.S.C.F.A., says Sugar Cane Farmers Are Stalling C.A. Negotiations

The Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. has set a tentative date of December nineteenth to start the 2022/2023 season.  The announcement was made today during a press conference called by A.S.R/B.S.I. [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Hopeful Common Sense Approach Will Prevail in C.A. Negotiation

Despite the tension between A.S.R./B.S.I. and the B.S.C.F.A., the management of the sugar mill is still hopeful that a commercial agreement can be signed before the start of the sugar [...]

B.S.I. Says B.S.C.F.A.’s Regional Sugar Cane Price Comparisons is “Misleading”

In discussing the financial benefits to farmers as a result of B.S.I.’s move to the Port of Big Creek, McLachlan noted that farmers were able to save just over three [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Accuses B.S.I. of Foot-Dragging in Mediator Selection Process

There is unease in the sugar industry tonight, as another sugar crop will likely begin without a revised commercial agreement between the A.S.R./B.S.I. and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. [...]

Minister of Agriculture Weighs in On B.S.C.F.A./B.S.I. Negotiations Deadlock

So, what will happen in the event that a new agreement is not signed by early December? That is what we asked the Minister of Agriculture when we caught up [...]

Minister of Agriculture on Sugar Cane Payout, “It Could Be More”

Last night, we told you that A.S.R. /B.S.I. announced its third and final payment to sugar cane farmers for the 2021/2022 sugar crop. As was reported, farmers received a final [...]

Poultry Association Looks Back at Depopulation Exercise With Regret

Several poultry farmers lost tens of thousands of dollars over what turned out to be just an Avian Influenza scare. Back in September, after increasing suspicions that the virus was [...]

Twenty Million Dollars in Losses Agriculture Industry Caused by Hurricane Lisa

The losses in the agriculture sector, as a result of the damages caused by Hurricane Lisa, are estimated to be twenty million dollars. According to the Minister of Agriculture, Jose [...]

Third Payment for Sugar Increase By 30% for Cane Farmers

Sugar cane farmers in the north are being paid thirty percent more per ton of cane than last year’s payment. On Monday, A.S.R./B.S.I. announced its third payment to sugar cane [...]

$8 Million in Agricultural Losses Caused by October Floods

An assessment was conducted in mid-October to determine the damages caused to crops by flooding along Belize’s river system. Viewers will recall that only a few weeks ago, Hurricane Julia [...]

Prime Minister John Briceño Speaks on Sugar Impasse

This week, the sugar impasse between the differing parties – the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and American Sugar Refinery/Belize Sugar Industries Limited was centre stage again. Last evening, you [...]

Prime Minister Says Agreement Has to Be Fair to Both Sides

The Prime Minister said that the key to solving the standoff is to be able to guide them to reaching an agreement that will be fair to the cane farmers, [...]

Deputy U.D.P Leader, Hugo Patt: Striking a Commercial Agreement for Disputing Parties in Sugar Impasse Will Be Difficult

On Tuesday, we heard the issues that the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the American Sugar Refinery/Belize Sugar Industries face just weeks before a new sugar crop is due [...]

Agriculture Minister: Cabinet is Concerned over Sugar Impasse

We caught up with Agriculture Minister, Abelardo Mai today and he informed that the impasse between the two parties has now gotten the attention of the Cabinet. He described the [...]

B.S.C.F.A. to A.S.R./B.S.I.: Show Us the Documents! A.S.R./B.S.I.: What Documents?

It’s less than two months to the opening of the next sugar crop and there is still an impasse between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and American Sugar Refinery/Belize [...]

The Many Issues Surrounding Sugar in the North

Today, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association went at length to explain the issues it has with A.S.R/B.S.I. It’s the same concerns that have remained on the negotiating table even [...]

Another Late Start to Sugar Crop Anticipated This Year

The last sugar crop opened late and translated into some losses for cane farmers. The reason was twofold. There was inclement weather and also, there was only one mill operating [...]