Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association Pressures Government Over Unfulfilled Promises

Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association Pressures Government Over Unfulfilled Promises

While the Briceno administration is looking to invest heavily in the sugar industry in the north, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is upset, and has gone as far as reminding the Prime Minister that their votes will be needed in tomorrow’s municipal elections.  A release from the association, this evening, is calling on the government to fulfill its promise of establishing a Commission of Inquiry.  The idea behind the commission is to examine the sugar industry, propose steps to modernization, and improve its viability.  The Prime Minister did commit on January 8 that within thirty days that commission would have been established.  It turns out, however, that there were some setbacks as was explained by Prime Minister Briceno two weeks ago, on February 21.

Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “Presently what we’ve been doing now is that the Minister has been consulting with the other three cane farmers associations and this weekend they’re going to be meeting with BSI and hopefully with Santander so that then with that we could wrap up to come to finish with the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry. So we’ve already gotten another two names from a company from Brazil, the experts, we’re gonna have four experts to look at the entire industry as to how we can improve this industry and how we can make it more effective and more efficient good for the farmers and the millers.”

The release from the BSCFA goes on to say that they did contact the Prime Minister yesterday but were dissatisfied with his response.  According to the PM, they are completing consultations, and getting the experts from Brazil on board.  For context, it is the ASR/BSI that requested experts from Brazil to be a part of the Commission of Inquiry; while the BSCFA had requested experts from Mauritius.  Interestingly, the release from the association stated, quote, “If this is the treatment and consideration we get from you in return for the trust and confidence we place in you in this matter that affects our bread and butter and daily livelihood, what can we as the general electorate expect from you and your party’s promises and commitments in relation to tomorrow’s municipal elections?  We would have to be very wary in casting our votes for a party that makes commitments and fail to carry out those commitments.”  End of quote. 

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