Sunday, July 20, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Cane farmers have rejected the offer of 51 cents per ton of fibre proposed by Belize Sugar Industries/ASR and negotiations for payment for bagasse will continue.
Approximately 700 caneros are today attending a meeting at the auditorium of the Escuela Secundaria Mexico in San Roman village, Corozal.
During the Sunday morning session, the farmers discussed a report on the ongoing negotiations and in the end farmers agreed that August 1 is too short deadline for reaching consensus on payment for bagasse.
The farmers have rejected the offer of from BSI/ASR for payment of 51 cents per ton of fiber as opposed to a ton of sugar cane.
While it might seem insignificant, the farmers are holding firm to their demand for payment based on the per ton of sugar cane and not per ton of bagasse.
The cane farmers have given the green light to the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Associations committee of management to continue negotiations until October 15, 2014.
The farmers say they will continue to reject what they classify as rude treatment by BSI/ASR saying it amounts to being treated like children.
One cane farmer summed up the offer from BSI/ASR as being a complete insult and that the money being offered as payment for bagasse will not even buy the soap used to wash the cane farmers’ clothes.
Cane farmers are resolute that they will accept nothing less than $6.50 per tone of sugar cane.
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