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Belize is certified under Fair Trade and as such there is much activity happening on a yearly basis. Besides the recent request for more sugar from Belize, Alfredo Ortega, Vice Chair of the Committee of Management at the BSCFA, came back from a three week trip to Ireland last Friday. That trip was conducted under Fair Trade and included presentations held over a fifteen day period.

 

ortegaAlfredo Ortega- Chairman BSCFA, COM


“Estuve haciendo presentaciones en varias partes a niños de escuela , políticos a negociantes en relación al impacto de Fair Trade en Belice y al mismo tiempo también aprovechando si se puede emplear el mercado de nuestra azúcar bajo el mercado justo y fue bastante aceptable bajo la presentación que di en los diferentes puestos y realmente lograron conocer que es Belice y cómo impacta y como nos beneficia la industria azucarera en Belice y como esta nuestra situación con el comercio justo y las experiencias que hemos logrado hasta ahora así es de que para mí fue una presentación positiva de parte de Belice y de la Asociación para así podamos ampliar nuestro mercado en relación a la azúcar que producimos.”

 

In an update on the revenue sharing issue on bagasse, there is very little progress to report. Ortega says that the Association was waiting for a counter proposal from BSI due on March sixth but that was not provided. Instead, BSI made a presentation on the company’s investments into Belcogen but said nothing that reflected numbers into the revenue sharing discussions. The interim agreement signed by both parties called for both sides to act in good faith in the negotiations and Ortega says they hope that this will be the case. The next meeting is scheduled on March 25th. The Association began working on negotiating a payment on bagasse from BSI for farmers since July 2013 and still have not made much progress.

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