The 2015 Sugar Crop Season began on January 26th 2015 with the live airing of the Sugar City Morning Show from outside the gates of the Tower Hill factory. On the show, BSI representatives, the three associations and the Minister of Natural Resources discussed the opening of the crop and the needs for the future of the Sugar Industry.
At exactly 10:00 am, media and stakeholders gathered at the factory gates to witness the first truck rolling in, that of farmer Hermentino Coyock Jr. Some stakeholders and the media then proceeded inside the factory to witness the start of the grinding phase.
The opening of the crop season marked a day of jubilation for all interested parties as well as a new beginning within the Sugar Industry with the participation of two new associations, the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association and the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association.
Throughout the day, farmers received snacks under a tent garlanded with balloons and music, signaling the momentous occasion of this day.Mac McLachlan, Vice-President of International Relations, expressed the company’s pleasure at starting the season, “We’re very happy this day has come. We’re happy to be moving on with the crop. It’s time to do that. I hope that this goes down as a success story for the industry in the future, where through difficult times, we can now move forward together.”
BSI aimed at receiving six thousand tons of sugar cane for the first day and it was reported in BSI’s Information Bulletin, that the quality of cane delivered was impressively good with the tons of cane per tons of sugar being below ten. BSI ASR is pleased with the start of this new crop season and believes that there is only one direction to head into and that is forward.