All eyes are indeed on the north, as Belize waits out to see the outcome of the current impasse in the fragile sugar industry. The NTUCB says the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association must remain united!
In a press release issued late Thursday evening, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) said they stand in solidarity with the cane farmers and the BSCFA, and went on the make an impassionate plea to the members of the association to remain united as they see this debacle through.
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is also wary of the current impasse in the sugar industry. In a press release issued on Thursday the BCCI urged all stakeholders holders involved to continue seeking a peaceful resolution. Failure to do so would have a crippling effect on Belize’s economy.
The press release says that the Sugar Industry accounts for an estimated $107 million dollars Belize. They called for swift resolution taking the following things into consideration. “1. The long term viability and predictability of the industry; 2. That farmers respect each other’s constitutional right to freely associate, whether with BSCFA, act as independents or form other bodies; 3. It is imperative that the crop begins so that farmers can provide for their families and meet their other obligations; 4. That careful consideration is given by the parties to the economic impact of the demise of this industry on the entire country of Belize.”
The press release ended by saying it rejects any calls for violence and intimidation.