September is the most celebrated month of the year in Belize with national festivities throughout the month. One of the most awaited events for September is the Independence Day Parade where Belizeans showcase their patriotism through music, colorful floats and vibrant carnival outfits! ASR Group-BSI proudly participated once more in this year’s parade in Orange Walk Town. By participating in the annual parade, BSI seeks to educate the general public about the Sugar Industry which supports the livelihoods and wellbeing of around 15% of Belizeans and contributes greatly to the national economy. ASR Group-BSI takes pride in participating in national activities which foster community engagement, citizen collaboration and participation!
BSI’s float showcased “Handling and Shipping” which involves the transportation of sugar from the Tower Hill Factory to the ocean going ships that anchor just offshore Belize City. This operation is slow, costly and inefficient as we can only load the ships at the rate of around 700 tons per day. However, in the absence of a deep water port this method remains the only viable means of transporting the sugar for export. Options to improve our sugar export operations are being explored as significant freight savings can be realized if we can materially improve on the loading rate.