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Screen_Shot_2014-01-28_at_8.21.33_PMAfter close to two months of delay the 2014 Sugar Crop Season is now in full effect. Today when we spoke to Vice Chair of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Alfredo Ortega, to get an update on the industry, we were informed of a few hiccups. But those glitches aside, the season is going rather smoothly.


Alfredo Ortega– Vice Chair, Management Committee, BSCFA


“At this point it time everything is going well, farmers are really pushing forward in bringing their product as clean as possible maintaining the quality and they are doing the best on their part to fix the pieces of road for them to travel on.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Now the weather has improved for a few days, paint a picture for us in terms of the sugar road works being done?”

 

Alfredo Ortega– Vice Chair, Management Committee, BSCFA


“In some areas it remains the same but they are working in other areas but then in some areas it remains the same and those farmers that are on those areas that are not finished, what they are doing they are coming together putting some stones where they will have that access to use the road.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Apart from that what are other challenges that the farmers are facing?”


Alfredo Ortega– Vice Chair, Management Committee, BSCFA


“Well the mill has experienced some stoppages for some hour and a half not so frequently but at least I think it has started it has happened about ten times.”


And while road conditions are one thing, we asked Ortega if the quotas in production being met. Ortega says they are optimistic, to say the least.


Alfredo Ortega– Vice Chair, Management Committee, BSCFA


“Yes from since Saturday we have been able to meet the target; the only days which we were unable and which was the Orange Walk Division that was unable to meet the target was on Friday but on Saturday and up to today both divisions is fulfilling their daily deliveries.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“So how optimistic are you then in meeting that 1.2 million tons of sugars produce at the end of the crop season?”

 

Alfredo Ortega– Vice Chair, Management Committee, BSCFA


“Well to me the 1.2 will depend on the weather and if we have a long period of drought then that will be able to give us that opportunity to deliver the 1.2 but if time doesn’t permit we believe that with trend that is ongoing right now that we will be having that opportunity to deliver between 1 and 1.1 million tons of cane. I really appreciate the effort of the cane farmers are doing at this time and I think that we can proudly say that we are looking forward in an average of TCTS at this point of about 85 purity and we have 11.66 TCTS average at this point in time.”


It is of note that there is a little less than 120 days of the sugar crop season.

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