Turning now to the situation in the north: it’s been three days now since the start of the sugar crop has been delayed. The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Associations and BSI/ASR remain at what seems like an unbreakable stalemate. The two parties are at loggerheads over the commercial agreement that comes to an end on January 19, 2022. As we’ve reported, the BSCFA wants a new agreement under new terms and a change in the price sharing mechanism. BSI/ASR is resisting, saying that it has nothing to give. Both parties so far remain immovable and it will take the government to broker a deal. We asked Prime Minister John Briceno at what point will the government intervene.
PM Briceno says that BSI/ASR’s threat to sue the Sugar Industry Control Board is a moot issue because the crop is expected to commence in a few days.