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Screen_Shot_2013-11-14_at_8.32.46_PMSticking to the Bagasse issue, in a release sent to all media houses on November 11th, BSI spoke about the topic for the first time, since renegotiations of the new agreement came to halt, after farmers announced that they wanted a ten percent payment for every ton of the by-product used to produce energy by BELGOGEN.


In the release, BSI made it known that for 30 years prior to 2010 BSI dealt with the Bagasse and its disposal at a substantial cost, amounting to approximately BZ$20 million without any contribution from the BSCFA. To add to this, BSI planned, designed, financed (through equity and loans), the co-generation plant BELCOGEN at a capital investment of BZ$130 Million dollars, again without any investment from BSCFA.


But according to representatives of the BSCFA, cane farmers have contributed to BELGOGEN and BSI has been reaping the benefits of the bagasse, for years now.


Ramon Cervantes Junior- BSCFA


“Tradicionalmente los dos bi productos principal han sido, la azúcar que ha sido el más principal y la melaza, ahora el bi-producto del bagazo que el bagazo es un tercio de la caña de azúcar y eso ahora se convierte en electricidad y se vende comercialmente ya tiene un valor económico un valor comercial y no estoy diciendo que nunca ha tenido, BSI siempre dice que es una basura y eso no ha sido así el bagazo siempre ha tenido un valor económico porque de ese bagazo que se acumulaba siempre BSI ha estado usándolo desde el inicio porque es auto suficiente con su electricidad, siempre desde el inicio ha usado cerca de la mitad 50% del bagazo para generar su propia electricidad los que consume la fábrica, sea que por ese bagazo BSI no ha tenido que pagar a BEL y a BEB desde esos tiempos así que BSI si ha tenido un beneficio económico de ese bagazo, el resto de la mitad del bagazo si han tenido de desasirse de ello porque no lo usan pero también lo han usado en sus canales de BSI para darle abono a la tierra así que se ahorran en fertilizantes también así que BSI ha tenido beneficio económico.”


While BSCFA continues to fight for what they believe cane farmers deserve, BSI has categorically stated that, and we quote “It is not reasonable or just for the BSCFA to expect a return where it has made no investment.”

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