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#313177 - 12/01/08 08:07 PM Bad Crop Year Results In Scarcity Of White Sugar
Marty Offline
December 01, 2008
Manuela Ayuso reporting from Orange Walk
“This past weekend, people across the country began to realize that there might have been a shortage in white sugar. The Belize Sugar Industries say they have been rationing sugar to local buyers for several weeks, but that the effects are only just beginning to be felt.
BSI’s Financial Director Belizario Carballo says the rationing is as a result of the worse cane supply and cane quality ever. BSI produced 78,000 tons of sugar this year with a little over 10,000 tons allocated to the local market. The local demand for white sugar in the country is 12,000 tons, resulting in a need to ration the supply to genuine buyers.
Carballo says there are also issues with contraband with Belize sugar being exported illegally to Mexico and Guatemala.
It is expected that the limited supply of sugar will be rectified by early next week as the next cane crop is scheduled to begin on December 3rd. The expectation for the upcoming cane crop is for the industry to rebound with normal cane supply of 1.2 million tons.
All indications even after the floods are for a good cane season especially since the cool weather is providing the conditions for cane ripening.”


#313215 - 12/02/08 12:26 AM Re: Bad Crop Year Results In Scarcity Of White Sugar [Re: Marty]
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#313223 - 12/02/08 06:33 AM Re: Bad Crop Year Results In Scarcity Of White Sugar [Re: sneaky]
beachbumin Offline
Same problem as in the past with flour, price controls do not work. Producers send their products to countries that will pay fair market value and the local consumer suffers. Produce issues in Belize are most difficult as the government protects the local growers, even though they either grow too little to satisfy the needs of the country or the quality is poor. Very difficult to get nice tomatoes and carrots on the island lately.

#313226 - 12/02/08 08:06 AM Re: Bad Crop Year Results In Scarcity Of White Sugar [Re: beachbumin]
Moby Offline
Local producers are being protected from cheap competition from abroad in exchange for price controls. It's also that many less people on the government cheese because they're able to make a living. And the government allows imports of produce when local availability of particular crop is scarce. Mainland markets are flooded with Mexican carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onions, cauliflowers, lettuce, apples, etc. most of the year.


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