Two of three Sugar cane producers support ASR investment in BSI Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

In the middle of September ASR broke ground for the construction of an investment which will see Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSIL) begin the production of value added sugars in country. The investment is for 22 million dollars and has happened despite one of the sugarcane suppliers - the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) not supporting the investment. While that is BSCFA’s position two other suppliers the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association (CSCPA and the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association (PSCPA) issued a press release on Tuesday September 26th, supporting the investment.

And as the support is made public, what the two associations have also done is to publicly call on those farmers who are currently a part of the BSCFA to join them. Currently there are 5,400 cane farmers who deliver cane to the mill. The PSCPA has 943 members, the CSCPA has 598 producers and the BSCFA has 1,797 members in Corozal and 1,981 in Orange Walk. With the call by the two associations for members of the BSCFA to join them those numbers are now fluid with transfers now taking place. This is especially so because the sugar season is expected to commence within the next 6 to 8 weeks.

This will definitely continue to weaken the BSCFA which had already splintered in January 2015 creating the two new associations.

As it relates to sugar cane delivery the Progressive association delivers some 30 percent of the tonnage to BSI while the Corozal Producers Association takes up about 20% of deliveries.  The rest is taken up by the BSCFA and BSI.