By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. is set to lead a sugar summit today at the Sugarland Hotel, intended to tackle problems currently facing the industry, along with ways of making the process more cost efficient.
“We will discuss how to solve the problems of the sugar industry,” he said. “No one can solve it [alone], we have to put our minds together to solve the problems.”
The governor pointed to issues including the need to systemize portions of the sugar industry, repairing roads essential for delivery routes, and minimizing costs.
Marañon also pointed to the entry of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a reason why the price of sugar dropped during the last milling season.
The provincial government, alongside the Negros Occidental Investment and Promotion Center, will oversee the summit./DGB, WDJ