Sugar production in some areas affected by El Niño

Posted by watchmen
January 25, 2024
Posted in News


Some sugar-producing areas in the country have already felt the effects of El Niño.

Among these are sugar plantations in Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental and Batangas, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said, according to a report on “Unang Balita” yesterday.

Due to this, the production of sugar has gone down.

From a target of 1.850 million metric tons (MT) of sugar produced, preliminary estimates show production of 1.750 million MT, a drop of more than 100,000 MT, the SRA said.

“Sometimes 20 to 30 percent or even more decreases … ‘Yung progressive farmers natin sa Negros, everyone has been complaining of a drop. In Batangas, the same thing. So this is all related to weather,” SRA administrator Pablo Luis Azcona said.

If only there were enough water, sugar cane plants would thrive, the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines (Unifed) said.

“Ang effect nitong drought will be next crop year. Starting September of this year all the way to 2025, doon natin maramdaman na short na naman tayo,” Unifed president Manuel Lamata said.

“It is concerning po. If you have less production, there will be less money for the farmer. That’s how it’s going to be. And we’re going to be importing more sugar kung ganoon,” he added.

However, the SRA said, although sugar production decreased, there is no need for consumers and businesses to worry as there is enough buffer stock of sugar amounting to 200,000 MT.

“‘Yung drop in production, if it happens, we have naman the buffer stock. So retail naman is not supposed to go up based on that. That will stay until milling ends. So we will always have a buffer kasi ‘yung if it’s milling season, nagha-harvest tayo, sobra ‘yung production natin sa consumption,” Azcona said.

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has already approved the allocation of P5 billion to allow the government to buy sugar from farmers through the Philippine International Trading Corporation.

The sugar to be bought by the government is expected to be sold on the market from June to September this year before the milling season starts. (GMA Integrated News)


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