Opposition Leader Urges Independent Mediator Amidst Sugar Industry Crisis and Political Inaction

Opposition Leader Urges Independent Mediator Amidst Sugar Industry Crisis and Political Inaction

And, talking about politics and sugar, the Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow issued a release this evening calling for the government to contract an independent mediator to assist in reaching a long term agreement with the farmers.  Barrow expressed concern that the sugar industry seems to be under threat, and that the crop season is being delayed amid a sugar shortage in the country.  Barrow noted that the Briceno administration is addressing the situation in a passive, indifferent and negligent approach, and that both the Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister do not have the confidence of the farmers.  The opposition leader additionally wrote, quote, “Another delay would be most unfortunate considering how vital the Sugar Industry is to our country’s economy and to the livelihood of close to 5,000 farmers with more than 40,000 family members and other dependents and beneficiaries. The UDP therefore calls on all stakeholders, including the manufacturers, the cane farmers and the various associations representing them, as well as the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB) and the Government of Belize, to immediately re-engage in good faith and resolve to hammer out an agreement that is fair to all parties, and to do so as promptly as possible for the survival of the industry …” End of quote.

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