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Tomorrow the men and women who toil the soil in order to get the sweetest sugar cane in the north will be celebrating their day. For the first time in history the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association in collaboration with the business community will be celebrating Cane Farmers Day.

The whole day event will take place at the BSCFA grounds and will feature a number of activities including prizes and surprises for cane farmers and visitors. The event will also include the participation of various businesses which will be offering their products at special discounted prices.

And if you are worried about lunch then don’t be, because there will be lots to eat and drink.

Screen_shot_2011-07-14_at_8.16.31_PMAlfredo Ortega - Chairman BSCFA, Committee of Management

“Nació con una idea de que esos cañeros que tiene sus ventas que hacen tamales, chicharon, pibil y todos esas cosas a que lo vinieran a vender para que puedan hacer un poco de centavos para que puedan pagar sus colegios de sus hijos. Realmente eso es la base de este programa pero ya estamos viendo de que muchos negocios están queriendo participar como Social Security, People store, San Isidro y todos los negocios adonde los cañeros compran y también Centaur nos está ayudando bastante con el Ad. Que se está dando y queremos pedirle a todos los cañeros que vengan porque hay muchos premios que s va a dar y se va a dar directo a los cañeros y premios para las personas que van a participar.”

In the afternoon the Yo Creek Cultural Group will also be making a special appearance. According to Chairman of the BSCFA’s Committee of Management Alfredo Ortega the plan is to have the event annually.

Alfredo Ortega- Chairman BSCFA, Committee of Management

“Realmente quisiéramos ver cómo nos va a ir el viernes con este programa ya quisiéramos iniciar un programa anual adonde podamos tener esa unión con los cañeros y con el publico para que vayamos desarrollando la historia de esta Asociación y para que podamos conocer nuestra Asociación como va desarrollando, cuales son los cambios que estamos haciendo y ya hemos crecido de un staff de seis personas a un staff a como de noventa personas en estos momentos. Muchos critican que todo el dinero se está yendo en pago pero todos los programas que se esté dando dentro de la Asociación eso nos está teniendo ya mas ese contacto directo con el cañero y ese día del Cane Farmers Day, lo estamos viendo como ese puente entre la comunidad y el cañero para que así los jóvenes conozcan mas sobre la Asociación.”

The event is scheduled to start at 9:00 in the morning with an opening ceremony followed by raffles, giveaways and special presentations.

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