Belle Vue farmers threaten legal action if they are not allowed to harvest cane crops – 3rd Jul 2013
Over 12000 tons of canes are ready for harvest but the Ministry of Labour is refusing to recognize the farmers. This is after three years of contribution by the said farmers to the sugar production target.
The Labour Minister Dr. Nanda Gopaul speaking to a section of the media said that there are rules that have been violated and much is out of order and needs to be regularized.
Cane framer Deodat Deokinandan of Belle Vue on the West Bank of Demerara has expressed his disgust with the authorities for not putting proper systems in place to ensure the farmers can gain a livelihood.
He said after investing million over the past three and a half years in the struggling sugar industry, through the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Cooperative Society, he was told that society is not recognized by the authorities. He said an IMC was installed and that body is no longer functioning since April.
He said he is willing to leave but must be compensated.
One farmer spoke of the important role of private cane farmers to the industry as he called for good sense to prevail.
Minister Gopaul is reported in the press that he would allow the cane on the ground to be harvested, sold and the farmers paid.