So, the crop has begun but this year marks a new beginning, so to speak, within the Sugar Industry. BSI is no longer working with one association but rather, three, and amendments have been made to the Sugar Act. This changes a few things in how the logistics for the crop is organized.
Viewers may also keep in mind that some individuals still hold differing convictions about the way the entire negotiations played out and ended. But, the commercial agreement has been signed between the majority of cane farmers and the company. Mac McLachlan, International Relations for ASR, says from here, there is only one direction to head into and that is forward.
Mac McLachlan - International Relations for ASR
“We already had constructive discussion with all three Associations around the table and the mill and I believe this industry should move forward, we should be talking with each other about our common challenges and what we are trying to achieve and making decisions together and moving forward, I think it is healthy and it is useful don’t forget that having three Associations is also a check on BSI means that we need to be working in a constructive manner with all cane farmers in order to move the process forward and so far thing have moved in the right direction and I don’t see any reason why that should change and everybody want to prove this industry and make it sustainable for the future, those who don’t want to do that then I don’t think there is a place for them in that discussion moving forward.”
Chair of the Sugar Cane Production Committee Jose Novelo says that, for his part, the inclusion of new associations at the table opens up new opportunities for continued improvement within the sugar industry.
Jose Novelo - Chair of the Sugar Cane Production Committee
“At the end of the day it is those very same people that have been involved in the industry that are sitting on the table with the exception that now they are representing other institutions and so I am expecting that there will be more collaboration in fact because now each entity is looking after their own interest, we expect that the coordination will improve and we are also expecting that the quality of cane delivered to the factory will also improve.”
As reported before, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association continues to hold the largest membership of cane farmers with 66 percent.
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