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Citrus companies join HLB fight; rejoin CGA
The Citrus Growers Association has been informed that the boards of directors of XYZ Company Ltd, Barton Creek Farms Ltd., Belize Food Products Ltd., and the Citrus Company of Belize Ltd, have all by resolution decided to resume their full membership in the Citrus Growers Association and join the effort to combat the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, formerly citrus greening,  which they acknowledge “presents a major threat to the future of our country's citrus industry.”
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Increase in Estimated Final Price for Orange

Growers are hereby advised that due to recent increases in world market prices for FCOJ and in line with the Price Formula Agreement with the factory, the Committee of Management requested and received a new first Fruit Price Submission for Orange. This revised first Fruit Price Submission has been provisionally accepted pending review.

New Estimated Final Price for Orange is $1.49 PPS (per pound solid) or $8.8348 per box based on a per box yield of 5.9 pound solids. This is up from the first Estimated Final Price of $1.2001 PPS or $7.0804 per box.

The new "First Payment Advance" to Growers is $0.9733 PPS or $5.7426 per box. This is up from the first "First Payment Advance" of $0.7800 PPS or $4.6022 per box. Since the factory just started receiving Oranges on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, all payments for Orange delivered will based on the new Estimated Final Price.

Growers are encouraged to participate in ongoing spraying activities that form part of the Area-wide Integrated Management System to control the Asian Citrus Psyllid . Also, please ensure that you get your fruits tested for maturity ratio before delivery to the factory. You can get your delivery schedule and licence from the CGA prior to delivering your fruits to the factory.

For further information please contact the CGA at 522-3585/3547/3535
 
Fruit Price - Press Release

The CGA has provisionally accepted the final estimated price for orange pending review and has accepted the final estimated price for grapefruit under protest for the crop year 2012 – 2013. In the case of grapefruit the CGA maintains that CPBL's estimated selling price for grapefruit is too low based on credible market data from various sources.

ORANGE
The final estimated price for orange is $1.2001  per pound solids (pps) or $7.0804 per box.  Growers will receive an advance of 65% on delivery which is $0.7800 pps or $4.6022 box.   

GRAPEFRUIT
The final estimated price  for grapefruit delivered to CPBL is $2.1324 per pound solid or $8.3162 per box.  Growers will receive 65% advance on delivery which is $1.3860 pps or $5.4056 per box.

Please ensure that you get your fruit tested for maturity ratio before delivery to  the factory.  Also you can get your delivery schedule and licence from the CGA prior to delivering your fruits to the factory.  

For further information please contact the CGA at 522-3585/3547/ 3535
 
CGA Demonstration Press Release
The Citrus Growers Association takes this opportunity to thank all the growers and friends of the CGA for the out pouring of support and attendance for today’s demonstration.

Growers turned out in good numbers and discussed the issues facing the Citrus Industry and other sectors in Belize.  We thank all the leaders from the Belizean Coalition for Justice, the Rice Farmers Association and Sectors for sharing their words of wisdom and encouragement.

In discussion with all partners we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s demonstration due to the unconstitutional action by the Police on the instruction of Belmopan to prevent our tractors, vehicles and buses to join in our peaceful procession.

We await Government’s response to our request namely to:
  • Issue a public statement after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting explaining government’s position on the Alan Slusher email and clarifying once and for all government's policy and intention regarding the Citrus Growers Association, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, the Banana Growers Association, the Rice Growers Association and by extension any such Association like these that exist in our laws.
  • Until it is amended, ensure that the citrus production and processing act is adhered to so as to allow for the smooth operation of the industry.
  • Tangibly support the CGA and its growers in their vision to transform our industry from a citrus juice industry to a tropical fruit juice industry by assisting with the buying out of the Banks Holdings Ltd shares in CPBL.
  • Ensure that the growers who are not members of the CGA contribute their fair share to the effort to control the citrus greening disease in Belize.
  • Consider and approve the recommendations in the cabinet paper addressing issues dealing with citrus nurseries and submitted for government’s consideration several times dating as far back to August 2011.
  • Ensure that our security forces act responsibly and not encite or harm those of us who will be demonstrating to exert our majority ownership in CPBL
  • Review the services of CEO José Alpuche and advisor Alan Slusher as their actions, based on our understanding following discussions with the Hon. Prime Minister, are not carrying out the policy of the Government of Belize.
  • Task the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture to meet with the CGA Committee of Management on Wednesday morning October 31st 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the CGA conference room to work with us in finding amicable solutions to our concerns above and arrive on a definitive course of action that will end this crisis in the citrus industry.

Government’s response will determine our further action.

 
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