[simple-weather latitude="17.4952" longitude="-88.2018" days="2" units="metric"]
Learn More...
Find Out How
Previous
Next

7145 Slaughterhouse Road

Belize City, Belize Central America

(+501) 203-2098 or 203-0528

Give Us a Call for More Info or Questions

Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Our Main Office Opening Hours

Click on Play to start Streaming Love FM | News & Music Power Live

Live Update COVID-19

📣 MAIN TERMS AND Definations to be fully aware:                      📣 “COVID-19” – means the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov), which is an infectious disease caused by a virus which, having emerged during 2019, was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on the 11th March, 2020;                      📣 “emergency area” – means the area declared to be under a public state of emergency under the Proclamation;                      📣 “essential service” means the offices listed in Schedule I; “essential worker” means an employee of an essential service;                      📣 “social distancing” includes the practice of staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from touching one another and maintaining a distance of no less than three feet from other persons.                      📣 Need Food Assistance? | ¿Necesita asistencia alimentaria (comida)? – Para Idioma en Español llamar los Numeros : 631-2065 | 636-0423 | 626-4764.                      📣 For English language call: 636-5743 | 627-3634 | 629-8100 |631-9158 | 630-8502 | 607-8053 | 624-8532 | 606-9900 | 631-3359 | 621-4247 | 627-2062 | 607-6178 | 630-1081.                      📣 Please note the numbers for Food Assistance at the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation. The Ministry asks that you please bear patience if you cannot get through.
Find Out How
Agriculture & Farming

Cane farmers upset over closed mills

BSI MILLS UP .00_00_19_01.Still001

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is up in arms as they say they were not consulted nor did they have any say in the decision to shut down the mills at BSI. According to the Chairman of the Association, Elvin Reyes they had initially recommended that the mills be closed on Wednesday at 6pm.

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is up in arms as they say they were not consulted nor did they have any say in the decision to shut down the mills at BSI. According to the Chairman of the Association, Elvin Reyes they had initially recommended that the mills be closed on Wednesday at 6pm. This would give cane farmers enough time to mill whatever cane they had already burnt. Reyes says that this halt in production affects the revenue that the cane farmers are barely receiving.

Elvin Reyes, Chairman, Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association: “We asked for that virtual meeting for them to set a date and we were suggesting at least Wednesday 6 P.M and they didn’t want to agree. We sent them a letter on our suggestions because we have farmers who have cane on the field, we sent them off a letter suggesting to set a date at least Wednesday 6 P.M. Now they have on the air and on concern of the farmers that all four associations agreed on a closure of the factory which is not true. We did not agree for that closure, we were asked to give more time for our farmers to take out that cane. We know that farmers have been undergoing a very difficult time this year, we had different types of difficulties for example the drought, we have low production because of the drought, we were affected on the worm infestation. Our farmers have loans at the bank and they cannot afford to lose cane so that is why we were not on that agreement which BSI was suggesting.”

So what does this mean for the 2019/2020 sugar cane season? According to Reyes he says that cane farmers will not lose much of their crops, only the ones that have been burnt.

Elvin Reyes, Chairman, Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association: Meanwhile the factory is closed we are not losing our cane as in not delivering in nevertheless what stayed on the ground burned, waste, we had a big loss there. What is affecting right now like I told you all is what happened is the income that comes in to their homes weekly that is the way that farmers will be affected the days of closure hoping that it doesn’t take so long for us to go back to the grinding season again.”

Reyes went on to say that the association will always prioritize the best options for cane farmers.

To Top