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Sugar Cane field

Sugar Cane field

Sugar Cane field

Sunday, November 30, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: As crunch time for the sugar crop draws ever nearer, the Government of Belize faces greater pressure to ensure that it starts on time with a valid commercial agreement including payment for bagasse.

And last week they have, in a manner of sorts.

While there is no formal agreement on the table, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association (BSCFA) says it has come through with a revision of its proposals that it feels will meet agreement with the sugar producers Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) and American Sugar Refinery (ASR).

Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane

Chairman of the BSCFA’s Committee of Management, Ezequiel Cansino, was not prepared to share details but said they had reviewed the situation and were confident that their revised proposals would meet favor with the sugar producers.

Dean Barrow (Prime Minister)

Dean Barrow
(Prime Minister)

Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with both parties late last week and says he is satisfied that the impasse can potentially be resolved without direct Government intervention.

Neither the Prime Minister nor the Association was prepared to spell out terms, preferring to sit down with BSI first.

But each repeatedly expressed confidence that the BSCFA’s plan would work.

It means that we will not know for sure if it does work until the two sides meet sometime next week.

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