BSCFA says a no negotiator is yet to be identified
The start of the new sugar cane crop is expected to start in mid-December but if an agreement is not reached between the BSCFA and BSI/ASR that date may be pushed back. Both parties have refused to move their goal posts which led the government to request an impartial mediator to be appointed to assist. The mediator will be tasked to hear both sides and come to a conclusion that is beneficial for both. According to BSI/ASR, they have identified a suitable mediator, but the BSCFA has not responded. However, today, the Chairman of the association’s Finance Committee, Javier Keme, stated that BSCFA has not been presented with any names. He says that the association has only agreed on the terms of reference but is yet to find any suitable candidates.