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Alfredo Ortega (Vice Chair., BSCFA)

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014. 5:07 pm CST.

Alfredo Ortega (Vice Chair., BSCFA)

Alfredo Ortega
(Vice Chair., BSCFA)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014. ORANGE WALK BUREAU Reporting: An entire Sugar Crop Season has passed and another is about to start and there is still a stalemate in the finalization for payment of bagasse or a signed commercial agreement in the Sugar Industry.

And while we have been reporting on every new development, both sides, BSCFA and BSI/ASR have been unable to cross those hurdles.

Bagasse

Bagasse

With the new crop season rapidly approaching, Vice Chair of the BSCFA has gone on record to state that if they are unable to meet an amicable agreement that they would delay the start of the crop season.

BSCFA’s membership has all been informed of this and all are on-board not to deliver until a suitable solution is met.

Ortega was quoted as saying “……We need to find some compromise that will give justice to the industry; that is what we are looking forward to and on the other hand B.S.I. is coming like the old masters with the whip like we are the slaves and they are the masters.

And we cannot continue this way, we have reached to this point in time where the association is equipped with technical people, with experts that are guiding us now how to negotiate in better terms, how to get more benefits for our farmers.

We are not taking away from anyone what they deserve.

What we are looking at is that farmers deserve for all their sacrifices that they are going through.”

The new sugar cane crop season is tentatively scheduled to start the last week in November.

Other issues facing the Sugar industry is the weather since the rains are saturating the soil on which the crop grows and the sugar roads are in no better conditions that it was last season.

 

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