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BSI Issues Stop Burn Order Due to Inclement Weather

A halt at the mill could mean great economic loss for farmers who deliver cane to BSI. The Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) issued a stop burn order and a planned milling pause due to a forecast for inclement weather. The halt of production is to come into effect on Thursday, June 16, at ten o clock in the morning. Minister of Agriculture, Jose Mai, who is a cane farmer himself, explains what this means for sugar cane producers.

Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise:  “When the weather like this becomes difficult there is an increase in mud going to the mills and then processing becomes problem. The quality becomes a problem. Every stalk of cane left out there is a loss to the farmers and with the growing cost of production it is a loss. It is a loss so we are hoping that the weather improves, we’re hoping that the mill could hold up and absorb all the sugar cane out there especially in these difficult economic times right ?”