DEVELOPING STORY: Citrus farmers meet amid non-payment for deliveries

Problems in Belize's Citrus Industry

Problems in Belize’s Citrus Industry

AARON HUMES Reporting: The Citrus Growers Association of Belize is hosting a consultation session with growers at its headquarters in Hope Creek village, Stann Creek district.

Growers, over 400, are to be informed of the latest developments in the dispute between CGA and citrus producers, Citrus Products of Belize Limited, which has been unable to secure finance to pay growers for deliveries of oranges and grapefruits to the factories in Pomona and Alta Vista.

The source of the dispute is the division between CGA Investment Company and Banks Holdings of Barbados, which have been unable to agree on appointing an auditor for CPBL since its last general meeting in 2012.

Banks wants to stay with PKF Belize but ICL wants a change. Both sides blame each other, but the impasse has led CPBL banking partners to withhold finance.

The leadership of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is in attendance supporting the CGA.

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