The BSCFA and BSI/ASR remain at loggerheads over the commercial agreement which expires on January 19. This is the situation tonight as the association wants to ink a new agreement under new terms but BSI/ASR remain unwilling to do so, at least until both sides agree on mutually acceptable terms. BSCFA’s Chief Executive Officer, Oscar Alonzo laid out the case, particularly as it relates to the price of sugar that is paid to farmers and when they receive those payments.
Andy Westby, the chairman of the association’s committee of management, lamented on the need to get the ball rolling on this new way forward. He says this is not just for the benefit of the farmers, but for the future of the industry.
The need for the industry to flourish seems to be the only thing both sides agree on as last week. BSI/ASR’s Vice President, Mac McLachlan said that if the impasse continues and a long-term agreement is not agreed to then investment on their part will take a deep dive. We will continue to follow development on this story.