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Blockade resumes at Buena Vista, Corozal as farmers await word from Ministry of Agriculture; P.M. cuts Vatican trip short

Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2024. 2:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Philip Goldson Highway at Buena Vista, Corozal District, is presently blocked again by members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association.

Members of the Association briefly attempted to prevent Minister of Agriculture Jose Mai from leaving the area with a human chain and are demanding that the P.M. himself come to Buena Vista, rather than meeting with Mai in Orange Walk Town.

Police are on the ground and negotiating with BSCFA leaders not to escalate further at this time.

Also present are leaders of the major trade unions and President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB).

Meanwhile, Prime Minister John Briceño has canceled his Papal visit.

When he left the country on Saturday, the Prime Minister thought that the BSCFA would sign the agreement he and his negotiators had crafted. But it has been rejected. So, the Prime Minister, who was on personal leave, to be followed by an official visit to Vatican City where he would meet the Pope on January 5, has now cancelled that visit.

Reports say he will be returning to the country today to intercede directly in stalled negotiations with the BSCFA and BSI.


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