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SUPPORT FOR CITRUS GROWERS
The Committee of Management and members of the Citrus Growers Association are requesting the support of the Business Community in Southern Belize; to stand in solidarity with the citrus growers against corruption and unfairness in the citrus industry by closing your doors for business  on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
 
This industry has remained in crisis for far too long. This industry is the number one income earner and is the major stimulus for economic activity in the south.

We look forward for your cooperation and assistance in ensuring that we have a industry  where more people can participate and amass wealth to educate our children and improve the overall social and economic welfare of  Belize.
 
URGENT - Notice to Growers
CPBL is proposing to open for processing on October 24, 2012 . However,  CGA has on received the first Fruit Price Submission for Grapefruit and no submission was received for Oranges. The submission for Grapefruit was received on Friday, October 19, 2012 and the CGA requested a meeting with CPBL on Tuesday at 10:00 am to consider the Grapefruit submission but has yet to receive a reply.

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Area-Wide Integrated Management System

The recently approved technical cooperation project funded by the  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United  Nations entitled "Assistance to manage Huanglongbing in Belize" will assist Belize in implementing  an Area-Wide Integrated Management System (AIMs) for the  Asian Citrus Psyllid in Belize. This initiative is coordinated through the research arm of the Citrus Growers Association (CGA), the Citrus Research and Education Institute (CREI) and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA).

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Hostile Takeover of CPBL!
On Friday 12th October, CPBL held its AGM and I had the privilege to attend and to represent the voice and vote of all citrus growers in the Citrus Grower’s Trust. It was my first ever such attendance and I am now resolved that there be no other such experience.

What I heard and witnessed was stunning. There exists an intensely , adversarial and confrontational atmosphere between the Majority Shareholder (Belize Citrus Growers Investment Company Ltd or BCGAICL) and the Minority Shareholder (Banks Holdings Ltd or BHL) which seems designed to benefit of the Minority Shareholder at the expense of the rights the Majority Shareholder. A litany of many examples was cited at the meeting but suffice to mention the following few:
  • A company owning 2000 acres of citrus groves and equipment, one in which CPBL has keen vested interests, allowed its controlling shares to be sold to Dr. Henry Canton, the details of which are extra-ordinary and require nothing less than an urgent, forensic investigation to remove the glaring perception of insider trading.
  • CPBL, the company belonging to the Majority Shareholder, does not contribute a penny to CGA’s fight against the dreaded HLB disease or to its research and extension services offered to growers despite a Board decision for CPBL to do so.
  • FCIB Barbados, initiated an in depth study of CPBL operations, its subsidiaries and management by Price Waterhouse Cooper at a cost to the company of $USD190 thousand dollars yet this completed report, along with pertinent recommendations, has not been shared with the Majority Shareholder or the Shareholders of the company.!
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