Sugar production to meet local demand, US quota this year — SRA

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The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said that the country’s sugar production will still be able to cater to both domestic demand and the US Quota for this crop year.

SRA Hermenegildo R. Serafica in a statement on Friday, May 11, said that sugar mill factory managers in Luzon and Visayas had given him updates on their operations and production outlook.

“We have the canes [to mill], but the problem besetting the industry at the moment is the scarcity of cane cutters. The canes have to be harvested and brought to the central for milling,” he added.

“That is why some mills may end much later in the crop year, around June or July, and others to start earlier to take advantage of the remaining canes.”

According to SRA, sugar production already hit 1.93 million metric tons (MT) as of the production week that ended last May 6.

Only 340,694 MT is needed to complete the 2.27 million MT, Mr. Serafica said.

“[I]t is very apparent that in a few weeks, we’ll be able to meet this target,” he added. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato