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Screen_Shot_2014-04-28_at_9.14.01_PMMidway into the 2013/2014 Sugar Crop Season, milling and production have been exceeding the expectations of stakeholders in the Sugar Industry and in honor of the achievement a first ever Sugarfest was held at BSI Field in Orange Walk over the weekend. Our news team was there and filed the following report.

Dalila Ical – Reporting

As the economic bloodline in the North, the Sugar Industry is one of Belize’s most essential driving economic forces. On Saturday, one of the industry’s biggest stake holders proved that apart from sugar and molasses, there are other financial avenues to explore in the industry as a throng of nortenos took their families to savor the first ever Sugarfest. It was a family affair that sweetened the weekend of many as there was plenty to do, see, eat and drink at the BSI Field. The event was organized by BSI/ASR and there is no doubt that organizers were more than pleased with the outcome, according to the company’s Financial Director, Belizario Carballo Jr.

Belizario Carballo – Financial Director, BSI/ASR

“It is really a day to celebrate and to have some fun to take some time out of the crop, but the crop continues and it has been doing well and there is a lot of reasons to celebrate and it think it’s a coming together as we call it a sugar industry family affair, it is really an opportunity for us to bring together the sugar industry family, we are one family, we are one industry and I think that is it important that we always bear in mind that working together we can achieve  more and this is one of the objective of today; fun day to really bring people together, the families, not just the farmers or the employees but their families and the community at large.”

And while many informational booths were available, one that caught our attention was the harvesting section of the industry. Angel Torres, of Northern Enterprises, shared with us some of the new technological mechanical harvesting practices used in the industry.

Angel Torres– Owner, Northern Enterprises

“Can be able to suffice the machines, the machines the cut a minute I mean a lot of cane; for example in a basket running around in five to seven minutes you fill up a basket and it weighs eight tons and in an hour you cut maybe forty five to sixty tons more or less and in good field it would yield that and in long straight rows and the machine doesn’t have to turn every minute one run and it fills up a basket in no time and that’s you are cutting and loading at the same time which in if you go the other way by the usual way it is done here you have to cut and then you have to load, a lot of time is involved in that and then it is more costly with this one you are cutting with the harvester and load at the same time ready to go.”

The dismal participation of cane farmers and representatives of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association certainly did not go unnoticed. But that’s not because they were not extended an invitation. Carballo says the BSCFA was given an invitation in an effort to strengthen the ties between all members of the industry.

Belizario Carballo – Financial Director, BSI/ASR

“I can certainly tell you that they were formally invited as well as through other media but they were certainly invited, they have chosen not to participate but farmers are here I have met a quite a bit of farmers and their families and their children out here and this is it what it is it is a fun day and to bring the industry together.”

Well deserving of the communities support, proceeds from some of the stalls went directly to charitable organizations such as Rotaract and the Orange Walk Cancer Group. MN for ctv3 news!

With the event deemed a huge success, organizers are already planning next year’s program which, if carried out, will certainly prove to be a fun day for the north.

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