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#478141 - 11/23/13 04:35 AM The Impact Of The Sugar Cane Industry In Belize  
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The sugar cane industry of Belize has endured many challenges in the past and has been a solid socio-economic engine for northern Belize and the country. Historically, and even today, we continue to depend heavily on the European Union market access for the survival and resiliency of our sugar industry. But with the on-going dispute between BSI and BSCFA on the revenue profit sharing of sales generated by the Bio Fuel better known as the bagasse, the industry is at risk.

While this issue has been making headlines for quite some time now, it is anyone’s guess if and when the parties involved will find common ground. What is of concern to others is the economic downfall that can potentially harm the industry and Belize on a whole. Some fear that if the 2013/2014 crop season is delayed, the effects would be disastrous.

David Acosta – Retired principal.

“En el nivel económico, el aspecto económico sería algo negativo pero yo estoy 100% apoyando a los caneros en el sentido que si van a conseguir algo, van hacer más participes en la economía que les da su producción, entonces es necesario que BSI les pague para el bagazo porque es un bi-product, tienen un de acuerdo desde el 2002 a donde una clausula lo menciona entonces allí los caneros tienen una base y yo lo que quisiera decirle a los caneos y al pueblo de Belice a Corozal y a Orange Walk es de que para todo bien que va venir es necesario un sacrificio y si los caneros están peleando para un beneficio para el pueblo del norte entonces tiene que haber sacrificio.”

With the Sugar Industry being one of the back bones of the Belizean economy and the main revenue earner for the north a dispute between Belize Sugar Industries Limited and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association only spells but one word, trouble.

David Acosta – Retired principal.

“El distrito de Corozal y Orange Walk dependen de la azúcar porque mete bastante divisa, no solo para Corozal y Orange Walk sino para el país entero entonces se sentiría en las bolsas de los caneros y el pueblo de Corozal, negativamente ese sería el impacto a la economía directa a Corozal y Orange Walk. De darse un parro como lo están mencionando entonces naturalmente habría unos escases de azúcar, el precio de azúcar subiría, sería un poquito más carro pienso yo pero vuelvo a decir, el pueblo tiene que entender que para cualquier bien o bien estar que estamos buscando para los caneros tiene que haber este sacrificio.”

And in a larger scale, the absence of a sugar industry means a decrease in foreign exchange earnings which translate to a reduction in our ability to pay for import. For many of us, finding common ground and resolving the issue is of utmost importance as the livelihoods and future of thousands are at stake.


Video: Yo Creek (Belize) Hand Planting Sugar Cane, Part I, 1min.
Thanks to Gabriella Locke who took the video on June 11, 2013.

Video: Yo Creek (Belize) Hand Planting Sugar Cane, Part II, 1min.

Video: Yo Creek (Belize) Preparing Sugar Cane to Eat, 1min.

Video: Harvesting Sugarcane, Orange Walk, Belize, 1min.
Farmers harvesting sugarcane north of Orange Walk Town, Belize, on June 8, 2014

Video: Crab Loading Sugarcane on Truck, Orange Walk, Belize, 3min.
Students aboard a crab loading sugarcane on a truck north of Orange Walk Town, Belize, on June 8, 2014

#492249 - 06/13/14 01:24 PM Re: The Impact Of The Sugar Cane Industry In Belize [Re: Marty]  
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Belize 2014 X from Simon Rawles on Vimeo.

Video: Fairtrade in Belize

In the cane fields and social projects in the villages. Interviews with Alfredo Ortega, Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Mauricio Mejia, WWF Agriculture Programme Officer, and cane farmers. Technical assistance for cane farmers, better pest control. Learning to work a different way.

#492524 - 06/20/14 05:43 AM Re: The Impact Of The Sugar Cane Industry In Belize [Re: Marty]  
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Video: Sugar Cane Factory Tour, Belize, 11min.
Sugar cane factory tour in Orange Walk Town, Belize, on June 14, 2014

Video: Sugar Cane Field Fire, Belize, 2min.
Sugar cane field fire before harvest near San Lazaro, Belize, on June 19, 2014.

When is the Cane Mature and ready to Harvest?

Use a refractometer to determine maturity index of sugar cane. When the brix of the top is equal or close to the brix of the bottom it is ready to harvest. Anything equal to or above 85% maturity index is ready to harvest. Courtesy: BSI/ASR

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