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bsiThe 2014/2015 sugar cane crop is nearing its end yet officials are continuously assessing the industry’s performance. In an interview with Chair of the Sugar Cane Production Committee, Jose Novelo yesterday, he spoke on the issue of farmers who have not delivered any cane to the mill. Novelo says this is a recurrent problem and that the SCPC will need to look more closely at the issue.

Jose Novelo – Chair, SCPC

“It’s a problem that has been in existence for quite a while some group leaders for instance will deliver their qouta first and then the others will come after but I can also say that we have some very good group leaders that would ensure that the rest of their group members deliver first an then they deliver towards the end but it is a matter where the SCPC will need to look more closely at in the future to ensure that everybody has a fare chance of delioveing their cane, in fact the schedule delivery was intended to serve part of that purpose because we need to have confidence that a farmer that has cane will be able to dliver that cane with as little difficulty as possible to the factory.”

And while farmers find themselves in this position year after year, Novelo says the problem is dwindling and should be able to tell how much were in this situation for this sugar crop by the end of this week.

Jose Novelo – Chair, SCPC

“It’s less and less farmers that are in that category and in fct by tomorrow once we get the latest report we will be able to determine what percentage of farmers hav delivered any can at all and we have been encouraging the group leaders to ensure that every single farmer delivers part of their quota.”

Novelo says that the problem does not necessarily have a direct impact on the performance of the factory. He adds that despite the challenges for this year’s crop, the industry stakeholders have performed splendidly.

Jose Novelo – Chair, SCPC

“I think that we’ve had a splendid season so far despite the initial challenges that we had and I still think that this crop and the previuos crops demonstrates in essence that we have a good future but in order to have that good future the stakeholders need to work together we cannot do it separately it has to be a conserted effort and it is in tha respect then that we are working on the sugar industry strategic development plan because that will be a road map for us to continue improving and see an expansion in the industry because as it is right now we do need to see some expansion in order for the industry to also expand.”

The date for the closure of the crop is yet to be decided by the industry stakeholders who we understand met today. We have been reliably informed that a date for the closure of crop has been set, however we will await conformation from the Sugar Industry Control Board.

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