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BREAKING: Sugar season delay queried by attorneys for BSI/ASR

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2021. 11:27 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Vice President of International Relations for Belize Sugar Industries Limited/American Sugar Refining (BSI/ASR) Mac Maclachlan announced at a press briefing this morning that attorneys for the company have written to chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB), Marcos Osorio, putting him on legal notice.

The SICB wrote industry stakeholders on Friday stating that it would be illegal to start the crop on any date other than that which it sets, apparently going back on an agreed date of December 20.

Maclachlan told reporters that three of the four major associations representing 50 percent of the production of sugar cane are ready to deliver; BSCFA members can too, at least until January; and BSI is ready, but the SICB wants a resolution of the BSI-BSCFA impasse before it feels it can move forward.

As previously reiterated, BSI/ASR believes that it cannot accede to the majority of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA)’s demands, including payment for bagasse used to create electricity and how best to share the revenue from sales of sugar and molasses.

“We are not prepared to negotiate with a gun against our heads,” asserted Maclachlan, but he added that proposals made by the BSCFA can be discussed to mutual benefit.

 

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