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Cane farmers receive 1 million grant for fertilizer

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2023. 8:19 pm CST.

By Celeste Chang: A million dollar grant has been given for fertilizers in support of the cane farmers here in Belize. The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) offers an income to 3,320 small cane farmer members, allowing them to provide for their families.

BSCFA says it has been fighting after thе withholding оf Tate and Lyle Sugars (ТLЅ) tо рау Fаіrtrаdе prеmіumѕ оn Fаіrtrаdе ѕugаr ѕоld frоm Fаіrtrаdе еlіgіblе ѕugаr рrоduсеd bу thе ВЅСFА аnd іts mеmbеrѕ fоr thе 2021-2022 аnd 2022-2023 ѕugаr саnе сrорѕ. Yеt, ТLЅ hаѕ раіd Fаіrtrаdе prеmіumѕ tо thе оthеr аѕѕосіаtіоnѕ іn thе іnduѕtrу durіng thе ѕаmе реrіоd.

BSCFA stated that they will continue to fight not because they want money, but because they support small cane farmers. This grant is just another win for Belize’s cane farmers.

According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, “Belize exports its sugar across the EU [and to] CARICOM and the U.S. Belize’s main export partner for sugar is the United Kingdom. As of 2019 Belize exported 199.29 thousand long tons of sugar valued at $136.36 million. This accounted for 48% of Belize’s total exports. 82% of sugar produced was exported directly to the United Kingdom, with exports peaking in July, making the UK Belize’s main exporting partner. The United States was second with 9%.”

This 1 million grant displays the progression and appreciation for sugar cane farming in Belize and its importance to help Belize to develop and strive as a rich economy in a fast-paced world.

 

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