The amendment to the Sugar Act set to be passed on Monday is of historical importance. It changes the very fabric that has governed the sugar industry since its early years of inception.
Farmers jumping onboard one of the new Associations say it is a step in the right direction; but not everyone is of the same opinion. As a matter of fact, we have received reports that the BSCFA is planning a protest to coincide with Monday’s House Meeting.
We contacted Alfredo Ortega, Chairman of the Orange Walk Branch for the BSCFA, to confirm the validity of those reports. He refused to speak on record, nevertheless he told us that the decision to protest is still on the table and that it is up to Chairman Ezequiel Cansino and the other directors to make that call. But Alfredo Ortega is not known to go with the flow. So we asked him point blank, if the majority directors voted against a protest what would be the next move. He said that he will still protest.