In yesterday’s newscast we told you that the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association will be receiving the premiums on ten thousand tons of sugar sold under Fairtrade. All that money will go directly to the BSCFA membership in four payments.


But there are three associations now. Last night the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association made it known that they too will receive Fair Trade Premiums even though it won’t be from the ten thousand tons of sugar quota sold under Fair Trade. So where does this leave the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association. Well, according to the association’s chairman, Elvis Canul, their members will also benefit from Fair Trade premiums.


Screen_Shot_2015-09-09_at_6.54.28_PMElvis Canul Chairman for CSCPA


“As you can see this is the evidence that our organization that has been approved as being part of FLOCERT which we have passed the initial audit that was done and we are entitled to premiums for this last crop that we had 2014/2015.  FLOCERT is the body appointed by Fair Trade to conduct audit on their behalf and based on their evaluation we get a certification to receive premiums on behalf of our members. We had a meeting where we had the letter confirming our certification and also we had a visit from the Liaison officer from Fair Trade along with on a separate meeting with Mrs. Julia who is the representative for Tate & Lyle there were two meeting that were held separately but the interesting one was how much premium or funds are we getting as an Association and that was presented by the representative for Tate & Lyle company that provides Fair Trade Premiums. As an Association we have 7% of the sugar cane production and based on that amount we are being paid a premium and so definitely I can assure our farmers that we will be getting premiums starting October as was presented by Mrs. Julia Clerk we will get four disbursements every quarter starting this October 2015.”


Reporter

 

“Do you have an estimate of how much premium it will be?”


Elvis Canul Chairman for CSCPA


“Yeah, we were given 7% production for Belize’s sugar cane per ton so we are little short of a thousand tons so an average a thousand tons time’s sixty US gives us sixty thousand US that we will be receiving as Fair Trade premium for this current crop.  This is merited to our hard working cane farmers and I want to congratulate our farmers we have made an achievement and we are getting the premium as early as October and we need to set plans and goals for the use of this premiums so I want to thank my member that have done a very excellent job in providing quality cane to the factory.”


On the 26th of August the CSCPA issued a release informing its membership that they had been certified by Fair Trade, but chairman Canul was unable to go into details about the payment of the premiums.

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