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Cabinet Authorizes Delivery of Sugar Cane to the Santander Group.

Minister of Agriculture, Abelardo Mai, who is a sugar cane farmer himself, has made moves within the sugar cane industry that will prove beneficial to the cane farmers.  Starting in the coming weeks cane farmers will be able to sell its cane to Santander.  Cabinet was presented with the proposal yesterday and the green light was given. Our newsroom got a copy of a letter sent yesterday to the Belize Sugar Industry Control Board informing them of the decision, and that Cabinet has authorized the delivery of fifty thousand tons of sugar cane from the Orange Walk and Corozal cane farmers to be milled by the Santander Group.  The letter states, in part, quote, “this decision was made based on the current status of sugar cane milled by the BSI; the quantity of sugar cane remaining in the cane fields to be delivers; and the remaining period left in the 2020/2021 grinding season BSI will not be able to efficiently mill all available harvestable sugar cane.”  End of quote.  According to the government without this move to have Santander receive cane from the farmers, as much as one hundred and twenty-eight thousand tons of harvestable cane would be left in the fields and would produce a massive loss for the farmers.