The Prime Minister of Belize is not the only one who has come out swinging at members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association for registering the association under the Companies Act. Today the Ministry of Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture also weighed in on the issue via a press release and they had no kind words. The release states and we quote “The Ministry condemns in the strongest possible terms the unethical move by some members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) to register the name of the Association without the knowledge and consent of the duly elected leadership of the BSCFA. This blatant attempt to wrestle control of the Association and its assets from the farmers is immoral and illegal as the legitimate BSCFA continued to function under the revised Sugar Industry Act as they were recognized by the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB) and issued a certificate of registration.” end of quote.
According to the release this is the first and only entity using the BSCFA name that will be recognized by the SICB as having rights to represent farmers.
And then the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture goes on to chastise Alfredo Ortega, the Chairman of the BSCFA Orange Walk Branch. The Ministry states that Ortega has admitted to being part of what the Ministry describes as a despicable action and urges him and his legal adviser, and those that signed on behalf of the new redundant company to rescind the registration of the company.
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