Who represents BSCFA?

Over the past few days Branch Chairman for the Orange Walk Division Alfredo Ortega, Finance Chairman of the BSCFA Javier Keme, and Attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd have been hitting the air waves to discuss matters concerning the status of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association.

On Thursday they took it a step further and held a press conference in partnership with the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), where they spoke on behalf of the farmers of the association. But, there is a problem.

According to a press release signed by the Chairman of the Association Ezequiel Cansino, they are not legally authorized to represent the interest of the BSCFA, nor have they received the managements blessing to speak on their behalf.

According to the press release, “The Committee of Management of the BSCFA is the only entity legally authorized to call a press conference in the name of the BSCFA  and also to express or to have expressed any official statements on behalf of the BSCFA. The cane farmers, who will be present at any press conference being announced to take place today, are, therefore, in no way authorized to represent the BSCFA in an official capacity, and whatever views, statements or opinions expressed by them do not represent the official position of the BSCFA.”

We spoke to Chairman Cansino, on Thursday via phone, who told us that the division of between the BSCFA’s board is clear, but, according to Mr Cansino, does Alfredo Ortega and his group represent the majority?


vlcsnap-2015-01-16-07h43m14s52Ezequiel Cansino – BSCFA Chairman

“It is already clear that we have some members of the Board that they are not accepting what is going on.  They have already voiced their concerns.”


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“Are they the majority though? Who are the majority?”


Ezequiel Cansino

“No. Maybe there’s about 3 or 4 of them.  Mr Ortega is one of them who signed the letter asking to go to the AGM.

I believe that there are four of them who’ve expressed their concerns, and they explained that they were not happy with what was going on, but the rest were in support of this agreement.”

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