As part of the Fairtrade Premium which the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association has received, meetings with the different zones have been carried out to discuss plans on how this money will be effectivley used by the different zones of the Association. Below are some of the programmes which have been implemented by PSCPA under the Fairtrade Premium:
- Elderly Program: Three Zones of the association decided they would be allocating a portion of their premium to members with ages 65 and above. A total of 83 members who met this criteria received assistance under the Elderly Program. Monies were used by these farmers to mostly assist them with medical, grocery and household expenses.
- Educational Program: 533 members from three zones of the association, who appeared under the 2015 Deliver Registry, have received a package of school supplies which includes
notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners and erasers. These school supply packages have greatly assisted them to reduce overall school expenses of their children.
- Environmental Program: On March 21st, 2016 PSCPA Environmental Officer Ms. MarlaQuetzal along with the support of Mrs. Olivia Avilez, BSI Cane Farmers Relations Manager, conducted a training on developing an Environmental Internal Control Systems for Fairtrade Standards. Attendees at the training, learnt and discussed on standards which will be used by the association to monitor field production practices as it relates to health and environmental safety.