Screen_Shot_2015-02-11_at_8.51.07_PMAt the top of the newscast we told you about the battle that is currently being fought within the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. It all has to do with the latest move by five cane farmers, two who have retracted their decision to register the association under the Companies Act. This has caused quite a stir with the association as the Committee of Management claims they were not informed of the move. Alfredo Ortega, one of the cane farmers who support the registration of the association, says the move was made to fully protect the BCFA. Viewers might recall that the sugar act was recently amended to allow the Sugar Industry Control Board to be the legal body to register associations which was a court order handed down since 2010. In the wake of the latest confusions within the association, we spoke with Chair of the Sugar Industry Control Board, Gabriel Martinez to find out what a registration under the board covers. This is what he told us


Gabriel Martinez - Chair of the Sugar Industry Control Board


“We receive a request from three Associations and after we got the request and their by-laws the SICB issued certificates of registration which as mandated by the sugar act 2015 is the legal entity to carry on registrations. To my knowledge the SICB is the only entity responsible as mandated by the sugar act to carry on registration so my simple answer to that is the SICB did what it had to do and we have issued our certificates and that is it.”

 

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“As a regulating body, is it a matter of concern for you that in the background someone from the BSCFA registered as a limited liability company?”


Gabriel Martinez - Chair of the Sugar Industry Control Board


“Well of course, because we have just gotten out of difficulties especially with the BSCFA and I think that environment is not that healthy nor strong to be dealing with sensitive issues as it pertains to other persons trying to do other things which is not conducive to the health of the industry.”


Martinez says that all associations have received their certificates of registration as of last month. We will keep following the story as it develops in the coming weeks.

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