SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS. Sugar cane suppliers of the CAEI Consortium, received during the last harvest season, a total of RD$11.7 million in products and services, at no financial cost, within the framework of an assistance program the agroindustry has been developing in favor of producers.
The information was provided by the CAEI Executive VP, Alberto Potes, whom announced that next Friday, the consortium will pay the suppliers their final payment for all sugar cane harvested in the last season.
Potes congratulated the sugar cane producers for the good practices implemented during the harvest and for their due compliance with the Human Rights policies CAEI abides by, based on zero tolerance to child labour, just compensation, zero discrimination, freedom of association, prohibition of forced labour and free movement.
During a meeting held with sugar cane suppliers, held at the Club Los Robles of the Christopher Columbus Sugar Mill, Potes elaborated that the producers received compost, herbicides and seeds. They were also benefited with technical assistance and land harrowing services, asides cutting, hoisting and transportation of the sugar cane at market rates.
Potes pointed out that this technical assistance and financial aid program is part of the value proposals made by CAEI to increase the productivity of the sugar cane suppliers, to generate new jobs, and contribute to the sustainability of the business. He reiterated that sugar cane producers play a significant role in the CAEI expansion plans and hope that for the next harvest these will increase their supply from 110,000 to 130,000 sugar cane tons.
He also emphasized that CAEI is facilitating access to the producers to their agricultural capacities so they can attain a better rendering for their yield. He précised that producers are benefiting with technology transfers in soil management, irrigation, drainage and field design; all of these areas currently being worked on by the consortium together with agricultural experts.
CAEI has as foundation, a close and long-term relationship with its suppliers, through which these receive just and timely payment, according to their yield in sugar production, Potes indicated. Through this program we promote a new working schematic so producers can achieve a greater rendering of their sugar cane fields and cost reduction, featuring technical assistance to increase productivity.
CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.
The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.