With only 18 days before the start of the new proposed 2013/2014 crop season, there is no saying whether BSI and the BSCFA will resume negotiations on the Bagasse issue specifically.
While BSI has asked BSCFA to meet on November 19th to advance discussions on a new agreement and to discuss the technical support by SIRDI, they have also stated that the new agreement can be signed separate from the Bagasse issue. And that is where there seems to be no break through because the BSCFA is saying no way no how. With the opening of the 2013/2014 crop season in jeopardy, it is the hope of the Leader of the Opposition Honorable Francis Fonseca that both parties can come to a mutual agreement for the betterment of the industry.
Honorable Francis Fonseca- Leader of the Opposition
“I think it is a very, very important matter and we certainly urge BSI to negotiate in good faith with the cane farmers, we support the position of the cane farmers at this time, we believe that there should be very serious discussion taking place about the sharing about whatever profits are been made from the sale of bagasse, it has been under discussion for a long, long time but nothing serious had been agreed on and so it is a very important issue and we in the People United Party we are engage in our own discussions with the cane farmers so that we can better understand their position and it is our objective to work along with them to pressure government, to pressure BSI to come to the table so that we can have a proper discussion and find some equitable formula for the sharing of any profits that are being recognize and realized as the result of bagasse is an important issue.”
Of note is that Honorable Gaspar Vega and Honorable Jose Abelardo Mai have also asked that negotiations on the issue continue.
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