And since the BSCFA will meet with cane farmers to further discuss the bagasse issue, BSI/ASR wants to form part of the meeting in order to address cane farmers. While that was made public today, there is no telling whether the BSCFA will even consider the request which has already been denied once.
Mac McLachlan – Vice President of International Relations
“We have been asking the BSCFA leadership for a long period of time for the opportunity to talk to the membership and to explain our position and to explain the formula and really explain all clearly what it is and that request has always been denied and I understand now that BSCFA will be going back to the membership for a new agreement on this issue and I am openly asking here for an invitation to attend that meeting so that BSI can attend that meeting to explain our position in the proposal on bagasse and any other issues within the agreement. We want to give cane farmers the opportunity to ask us questions about the agreement and I think when you think about the future of this industry, the future of the sugar industry is in the hands of the BSCFA directors of this town and I think it would be right and proper for them to commit a proper presentation on what BSI is offering as part of this agreement in order to make cane famers make up their minds with all the evidence that they need at that time. I can’t predict on how cane farmers will respond to that, all I could say is that they will make their decisions based on all the credit evidence and not on second hand evidence but one thing I am fundamentally sure about is that the principal objective of all the caner famers here is to deliver their cane and to have their cane milled and it is certainly a complete conviction that we should begin this crop on time and that we do so with the clarity of the future and how we move forward and that is the way for the future of this industry so secure the kind of investment that we need and to secure the place of the cane famers on the mill on the future of that industry, to make sure it is sustainable and to make sure it continues to deliver for the north of Belize.”
We will wait and see what will be the response of the BSCFA.
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