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Screen_Shot_2014-06-06_at_8.06.06_PMTurning to the Sugar industry….representatives of the Belize Sugar Industries/ASR and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, met once more at the negotiating table for the quantum payment for bagasse. As we have been reporting, BSI/ASR were adamant to give farmers payment for bagasse but the negotiations yielded famers a quantum of 51 cents, but the farmers claim they deserve more for the cane by-product.

 

We can tell you that the discussions remain at a stalemate since BSI is sticking to its guns. Vice Chairman of the BSCFA Committee of Management, Alfredo Ortega, says they will need to consult with the Associations membership to chart a way forward and that it is looking grim when it comes to finalizing negotiations by crops end.

 

FRED ORTEGA


“Entramos con BSI otra vez para la negociación del bagazo, realmente hicimos presentación de los dos lados y siempre seguimos quedando en lo mismo, BSI insiste con su cincuenta y un centavo que presento la vez pasada y nosotros les estábamos mostrando un poco de diferencia sin embargo no pudimos lograr de que haiga un incremento de ese cincuenta y un centavo entonces ahora no vamos a ir a una junta general con los caneros para que allí se tome una decisión de que si aceptamos o que será el camino que vamos a seguir para adelante.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“So obviously you guys are in a stale mate, then, I remember a few months back you guys mentioned that it will be over by the end of the crop season, do you foresee that?”


FRED ORTEGA


“Realmente no creo de que vamos a terminar antes de que termine la zafra pero realmente es cierto de que han brincado de un no a un cincuenta y un centavo pero sinceramente eso no lo hace justo por lo que estamos buscando por tonelada de caña por el uso del bagazo entonces allí es adonde tenemos este amarre y no hemos podido avanzar en ello y es que ahora ya estamos como a tres semanas de finalizar la zafra y así de que hoy vamos a llamar una junta con los caneros una junta general para presenta a los caneros hasta donde hemos llegado y entonces que se tome decisiones a ese nivel general.”


On Monday a date for the meeting will be decided.

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