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Sugar crop season back on track; BSI/ASR and cane farmers settled dispute over interim agreement

After some hurdles, the Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI)/American Sugar Refinery (ASR) and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) settled a dispute regarding an interim agreement. On Monday, January 3rd, the sugar cane crop started without further interruptions. As of 10AM the BSI/ASR began to receive the first loads of cane at the factory situated at Tower Hill just outside Orange Walk Town.

Sugar crop season in limbo; no agreement reached between BSI/ASR and cane farmers association

The current standstill outside Orange Walk Town by the sugar factory continues with a possibility to come to an end on Monday, January 3, 2022. The main area of contention between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the Belize Sugar Industry (BSI)/American Sugar Refinery (ASR) is an interim agreement regarding the handling/ milling of the sugarcane expected to last throughout the crop in August of 2022, instead of only up to the end of April. Farmers fear that if the commercial agreement ends in April, it could jeopardize the sugar season of the upcoming year. 

Sugar Cane Farmers seek to re-negotiate commercial agreement with ASR/BSI

Belizean sugar cane farmers requesting wider re-negotiation with BSI of the industry’s commercial agreement.

Sugar Cane Season set to start after long standoff between cañeros and BSI/ASR

The 2015 Sugar Cane Season is finally set to start after the two parties in the industry - the cañeros and Belize Sugar Industry/American...

Cane Farmers refuse to submit to BSI/ASR’s agreement

Over 1,516 cane farmers attended a special general meeting held on Sunday, January 4th at the Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico campus located in San...

Government of Belize Supports Agreement Between BSCFA and ASR/BSI

Belmopan. Since helping to forge, on December 8th, the historic agreement between the BSCFA and ASR/BSI, Government has been actively trying to assist in...

Belize’s sugar crop season in limbo as cañero and BSI/ASR butt heads

One of Belize’s largest agriculture sectors, the sugar industry, is in limbo as there is no clear sign when the crop season will be...

National News: Sugar season delayed over dispute over bagasse profits

Because BSI has managed to make returns on bio-fuel using bagasse, cane farmers have indicated that their sugarcane has more value and are demanding more for their product.