PM Barrow updates on sugar agreement and BSCFA predicament

Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with selective members of the media on Friday.  PlusTV was not invited.  However, media reports are that the PM said that he does not envision the start of the sugarcane crop without the involvement of the Belize sugar Cane Farmers Association. The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to bash, what he called, the extremist minority, referring to Matura, Ortega and company, and blamed them for the current predicament of the BSCFA.

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Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The ASR position now is precisely the position taken by Matura, Ortega, Teck, and the extremists when they started their campaign to undo the first BSCFA decision to sign.  Indeed they filed an application in Court for an injunction to stop the BSCFA from signing without going back to the General Assembly. 

So it is they that have places this noose around the neck of the BSCFA.  For they can hardly be heard to say now that ASR is wrong in merely insisting that what they, the extremists, billed as non-negotiable, is what must prevail

It is thus a shambolic state of affairs for the BSCFA, caused solely by the demagoguery, irrationality, and terrible legal advise of a minority bunch of megalomaniacs.”

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Despite this however Prime Minister Barrow says he is in full support of the “Real” BSCFA and has communicated his position to the millers that they must somehow allow BSCFA to sign without having to go to an AGM.

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Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Government must, of course, once again intervene to try to save the day, to rescue the BSCFA from this existential predicament, into which the extremists have placed it.  Because, you see, the real BSCFA is the mainstream BSCFA, the majority BSCFA, not the misguided Matura/Ortega fringe.  The real BSCFA, the BSCFA of history and heritage, is one well worth saving.

I have therefore said to ASR that a way must be found to allow the BSCFA to sign without going back to the General Assembly.  Surely it is not beyond the capacity of  the real lawyers, those not of the junior-grade empty vessel variety, to come up with a form of language in which to package the BSCFA signing, to give ASR/BSI  the kind of comfort, the sorts of warranties needed, to assure that the signature cannot later be disowned on the basis that it was invalid for lack of a General Assembly vote.

ASR has agreed to take this up with their principals and to get back to me earliest. There is, of course, still time since the crop can in any event not start before the week of January 26.

I am confident, then, that these last remaining hurdles will be cleared, the BSCFA will be allowed to sign, and the overdue crop in which every last cane farmer will participate on an equal basis will commence sometime in the week of January 26, 2015.”

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Up to the time of this news cast, there was still no word if BSI/ASR has changed its position. But there is time, says the Prime Minister, since the crop season cannot start before the week of January 26th.

As we have told you, the Government will pass the amendment to the sugar act on Monday January 12th., in compliance with the 2010 Order of Consent.
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