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Screen_Shot_2014-09-16_at_7.52.14_PMBut while there is talk of improving the industry, one very big challenge lies in increasing and improving the productivity of sugar levels. In comparison to the sugar producing countries in Central America and Mexico, Belize is strides behind. Using a chart, International Advisor Mac McLachlan elaborated on this.


Mac McLachlan, International Advisor ASR Group


“That the average yield of sugar cane in Belize is pretty much half of what it is in other Central American countries and that is one of the reasons why the cost of producing sugar is so high here and it makes it less competitive in the European and further more in the global market and the other telling point about this craft is that saying in the last two crops 2012/2013/2014 where a number of other countries have manage to improve the yield on their crop, all yields here in Belize have been left static, now what we need to do by 2017 is to have at least improving those yields to get up to be able to compete with other industries, this is just a snap shot of Central America and Mexico but we need those productivity level to rise now that takes investment for farmers it takes a consolidated effort by all the industry stakeholders to achieve that but that in essence shows the challenge that we are confronted with.”


McLachlan says also explains why Belize is so low in yields but adds that there is much to be achieved with collaborating with the BSCFA.


Mac McLachlan, International Advisor ASR Group


“I think in many respects it is due to the lack of replanting and the lack of imports that the sugar cane needs to put in play in order to improve yields and that comes down to a whole series of difficulties and appreciate the difficulties that cost money, it takes investment to do that, there is an opportunity cost for replanting and we as a key stakeholder in the industry we looking carefully about all the different bottle necks for industry growth in achieving this out comes and we are very keen in to get back to situations where we can discuss with BSCFA as we do with the government and the opposition, the kinds of things that we need to put in place, one of those maybe in the future some form of getting easier getting credits for farmers so that they also could put also the inputs in but we need as an industry be able to sit down there is no panacea, there is not easy way of dealing with these things we have to sit here together and talk productively on a commercial basis about how we are going to take this industry forward it is lamentable that in this stage we have been unable to do that with our copartner with BSCFA, we been asking for these discussions to take place now for per say the best part of the two years.”


The overall objective is to create an industry that is sustainable and competitive in any market says McLachlan.


Mac McLachlan, International Advisor ASR Group


“What we want to establish and end up with is the sugar industry that is sustainable and it can support itself and it can achieve it level of productivity and competitiveness which means it can compete with any market in the world and it is not reliant of subsidies and not reliant of referential agreements in other markets we want this industry to be able to stand on its own two feet, we committed to that and we need other industry stakeholders to come together with us to be able to elaborate this plan and to make that happen.”


We will keep following the progress of the sugar industry as it develops.

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