As crunch time for the sugar crop draws ever nearer, the Government of Belize faces greater pressure to intervene. And this week they have, in a manner of sorts.
While there is no formal agreement on the table, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association (BSCFA) says it has come through with a revision of its proposals that it feels will meet agreement with the sugar producers Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) and American Sugar Refinery (ASR).
With more here is chairman of the BSCFA’s Committee of Management, Ezequiel Cansino.
Ezequiel Cansino – BSCFA Chairman Committee of Management
“The position of the BSCFA has been one that the cane farmers have demanded to start the crop with an interim agreement, but the time is getting closing up for the start of our crop, and we as usual have made flexible in the negotiation.
So here we are today with the Prime Minister, assuring him that BSCFA is once again being reasonable and flexable and asking his intervention to help us to bring back BSI to the negotiation table.”
Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with both parties this week and says he is satisfied that the impasse can potentially be resolved without direct Government intervention.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“The position that has emerged represents, perhaps, and i want to chose my words carefully, a refining, since we’re talking about sugar, of what still remains the core stance of the BSCFA, but in an effort to move the process forward the BSCFA has introduced some modifications into their core position.”
Neither the Prime Minister nor the Association was prepared to spell out terms, preferring to sit down with BSI first. But each repeatedly expressed confidence that the BSCFA’s plan would work. It means that we will not know for sure if it does work until the two sides meet sometime next week.