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BSIWhile the media was on hand to highlight the great strides made in the Cattle Industry, we had the opportunity to ask Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega about his view in the on-going BSI/ASR/BSCFA saga.

 

The association has gone on record to state that the presence of Central Government has been lacking in the negotiations, Vega says the Government can only act as facilitator, and not in the position to do or tell any of the entities what to do. Vega however, encouraged both entities to come to the table to find a compromise since farmers with huge obligations will be affected. Here’s how that exchange went.


Gaspar Vega – Deputy Prime Minister


“The government will continue to facilitate, we have always done that ready to ensure that both parties BSI/ASR and the Cane farmers sit around the table, I know that the negotiations still going on and all we can do is to continue to facilitate, continue to encourage them to come around the table and ensure that both parties compromise as much as possible for us to be able to start a crop with the best and the least challenges possible.”


Reporter


“Would you advocate for a situation where ASR/BSI directly enters into contractual relationship with independent small farmers or in your opinion should it be having the Association as a go between?”


Gaspar Vega – Deputy Prime Minister


“I always believe that ones the farmers are united they will have strength, it is common knowledge so of course I would prefer that but also we have to realize that like everything else people at this time want to deliver cane a lot of farmers have commitment with the banks, at one time they use to take their quotas as collateral today that doesn’t work anymore so a lot of farmers has their house as collateral at the banks and they cannot afford to risk that at the banks so I can see the uneasiness of farmers that they know that they have to deliver their cane  otherwise they won’t have a shed over their heads and that is what we have to watch and I think BSI/ASR/BSCFA have to realize that a lot of farmers especially the bigger ones have bigger commitments and the cannot afford to say well I have to sale my sugar cane.”

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