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Pivotal meeting to decide on start of sugar season coming Tuesday

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Posted: Monday, January 6, 2020. 3:04 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The meeting originally scheduled for Friday between American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited (ASR/BSI) and membership of the three cane farmers’ associations in Corozal and Orange Walk will be held tomorrow, Tuesday.

BSI spokespersons this afternoon denied media reports elsewhere that there is trouble with organizing the sugar mill at Tower Hill, Orange Walk, to begin the process of grinding cane when the farmers are ready.

In December, BSI organized a tour of its own fields after the formal announcement that the usual start-of-December crop opening had been postponed due to the devastation of the drought that plagued the North all of last year.

There was significant rain in the later part of December and so farmers may meet a reported deadline of no later than January 18 to start the crop, though having already lost up to three hundred thousand tons of cane.

BSI projected approximately 1 million tons of cane available for delivery to the mill, its lowest output in several years.

Both sides are also awaiting assistance from Government, through international lending agencies, to help jump-start the crop.

We will have an update after Tuesday’s meeting. 

 

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