RAW SUGAR production for crop year 2019-2020 is projected at 2.096 million metric tons (MMT), or 5% lower than the estimated production for 2018-2019.

“Sugar production for Crop year 2019-2020 (Sept.1, 2019 — Aug. 31, 2020) is expected to be at 2.096 million metric tons, and shall be quedanned by mill companies as implementers… in the following percentages: US Quota Sugar 5%, [and] domestic sugar 95%,” the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said in its Sugar Order no. 1 released Thursday.

SRA board member and miller representative Roland B. Beltran said in a text message, “There are many factors or causes that could drive production, such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, and (changes) in hectarage of sugarcane planted.” He also noted that farmers may have shifted to other crops.

The crop year for sugar starts every September and ends in August.

As of Aug. 25, crop year 2018-2019 output was down 17.12% year-on-year at 2.072 MMT. — Vincent Mariel P. Galang