Sugarcane Deal in Limbo: Delay Caused by Typo Sparks Concern Among Farmers
It was some 24 hours ago that the sugarcane farmers were in a celebratory mood after hours of meetings led to a brokered deal. Last night we reported that by today the papers would have been signed, and farmers would have been back to work. Up to news time tonight, however, no signatures have been penned. The delay had created some concerns and worry that perhaps new objections would have surfaced. Love News spoke with Chairman of the BSCFA, Elvis Reyes, after five this evening, and he explained that it is a case of a mere typo.
Elvis Reyes, Chairman, BSCFA: “We are still waiting here. It’s already minutes after five. A draft has been sent to the minister, to the PM but on that draft it had a clause that we didn’t agree on a roll over after the two years agreement that we agreed. So it was sent back but just after that was sent with letter that it was a typing error that was, it was an error and it shouldn’t be there as agreed. So it has been more than forty minutes that that was sent and we are still waiting for that to be fixed so they will send a clean draft. We have to abide by the motion that was passed by the general assembly so we cannot accept nothing more than that. From the roll over of the years to the next year that was not agreed so that paper needs to be checked. Any time minutes after this we’re expecting that that new version should be released.”