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Screen_Shot_2014-04-08_at_7.43.15_PMA general meeting was held for cane farmers in the Orange Walk branch on Saturday.  Part of the meeting included the distribution of school grants for students and grants for sugar cane farmers above age fifty. Alfredo Ortega, Vice Chair of the Committee of Management at the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association told us about the initiative.

 

Alfredo Ortega


“Es de los el premio de Fair-Trade  eso es parte del programa social a el cual La Asociación tiene que dar un porcentaje para apoyar en los programas sociales ya sea a nivel de educación o a niel de la comunidad.”

 

Dalila Ical – Reporter


“Para los estudiantes este dinero se tiene que usar específicamente para las escuelas o los gastos de las escuelas?”

 

Alfredo Ortega


“Bueno si porque se les pide que traigan recibos adonde han pagado al colegio y también se les pide que les traigan prueba de que están asistiendo a ese colegió particular porque sabes a nosotros todo somos auditados y entonces eso es lo que refleja si realmente la persona califico para conseguir ese o ser partícipe de ese proyecto.”


The program has been ongoing since 2008, when Belize was certified under Fairtrade. This year, a total of five thousand dollars was approved for distribution.


Alfredo Ortega


“Ha sido bastante exitosos y hay muchos estudiantes que consiguieron en el principio y hoy ya están a niveles más altos de estudio y algunos que ya terminaron sus estudios ciertamente no es un scholarship es una ayuda nada más que se da para los estudiantes sin embrago la cantidad que consiguen como en esta ocasión es de $430 por estudiante entonces los familiares lo usan ya sea para cumplir con parte de los que deben en el colegio o para las otras necesidades que tienen pero siempre está dirigida hacia el estudio de los estudiantes.”


During the meeting, the farmers also discussed on the quality of cane and received an update of the reports on that issue. They also dialogued about different projects and their progress in the industry. Ortega encourages farmers to keep working towards improving their sugar cane quality in order to reap better benefits.

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