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Screen_Shot_2014-11-10_at_8.26.53_PMWhile the Sugar Industry currently finds itself in turbulent waters today it pumped millions of dollars in the Belizean economy as cane farmers received their third payment for the 2013/2014 crop. It was lower than last year and the reactions we got from Corozal cane farmers proved that they are not satisfied with the third and final payment. Victor Castillo reports.


Victor Castillo – Reporting


Cane farmers from all corners of Corozal Town came out today to receive their third payment for the 2013/2014 crop season. The final estimate total for the crop season amounted to $67.52. Compare that to last year when cane farmers received $74.20 per ton of cane, you get a reaction of total dissatisfaction.


Abram Martinez – San Narciso Cane farmer.


“No alcanza para el trabajo es muy bajo.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“La comparación de este último pago de este ano a la comparación del año pasado hay una diferencia?”


Abram Martinez – San Narciso Cane farmer.


“Mucho”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Como esto le afecta a usted como canero?”


Abram Martinez – San Narciso Cane farmer.


“Pues a mí me afecta porque no da ni para el trabajo y porque cuesta demasiado, así como esta esté poco de bonos cuando empiece el trabajo no va dar tenemos que ver donde conseguir otro porque puro préstamo va el trabajo aquí.”

 

Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Pero usted cree que se pudiera paga un poquito más oh..”


Luciana Hoy – Xaibe Cane farmer


“Pues quisiéramos que nos pagáramos un poco más.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“A la comparación del año pasado y este ano hubo una diferencia?”


Luciana Hoy – Xaibe Cane farmer


“Pues si hubo, mucho y tal vez no nos va alcanzar pero tenemos que ver cómo hacerlo.”


But despite the low payment, business was booming in Corozal Town as companies such as Smart and the Belize Marketing and Development Cooperation had most, if not all, their products on sale.


Cornelio Acosta – Smart.


“We have promotions today for the cane farmer’s payment and we have phones on discount as low as $65 and also we have double and triple for credit for today and tomorrow.”


Emil Usher – BMDC


“We are hosted our here due to they having the cane farmers bonuses paid and it gives a more wider perspective and more awareness for the local Belizean products that we have.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“How convenience it is, how is the price comparing here than going to the local grocery shop?”


Emil Usher – BMDC


“The prices compared at the Belize shop they are at all times low because the Belize shop because it doesn’t incur a much mark up in their products, it is more to market and gain exposure for the small and medium and entrepreneurs that we have in Belize.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Usted cree que con ese pago alcanza ver una feliz navidad?”


Abram Martinez – San Narciso Cane farmer.


“Quien sabe, este dinero con diez dólares esa cosa ahorita se va, en una bolsita lo llevas todo y no da ni para el jamón.”

Of note is that this year’s TCTS or Tons Cane per Tons Sugar was registered at 9.86. Last year it was recorded at 9.11.

 

Cane Farmers belonging to Corozal Town branch received a payment of $10.10, Louisville $10.34, San Narciso $10.73, Libertad $9.81, Caledonia $10.24, Patchakan $10.54, San Joaquin and Xaibe $10.19 and San Victor $9.73.

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