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Cane farmers associations tell EPZ Committee to reject Santander’s application

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It is no secret that the sugar cane farmers associations are strongly against Santander Sugar being granted a waiver to sell sugar on the local market. And if no one has taken account of their concerns, today the three associations, namely the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association and the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association have written to the Export Processing Zone Committee to place their concerns on the record. In fact, the associations are requesting that Santander’s application be rejected. In the letter, the associations remind the committee that Santander had been selling sugar on the local market illegally. According to the associations, the approval of the application of Santander for a waiver to sell 3,500 tons of white sugar and 1,500 tons of brown sugar in the local market will reduce the price of cane paid to cane farmers by one dollar and sixty five cents. The associations are asking that the EPZ Committee levy the maximum fine on Santander for its violation and if done again, the association is recommending that Santander’s Certificate of Compliance be rejected. The associations say that if Santander is granted the waiver, it would destroy the financial livelihood of thousands of cane farmers and other stakeholders in the north.

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