The Sugar Regulatory Administration is now validating information about a likely decrease in sugar production this crop year, which is likely to trigger a change in sugar allocations, SRA administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin said yesterday.
Seven mills in Negros Occidental have started milling and by the end of October, nine would have started, she said.
“Farmers have reported that the volume of canes has decreased compared to last year, and there are less tons of cane harvested per hectare. It was also observed that canes are shorter and smaller,” Martin said.
On the other hand, sugar recovery is higher than last year’s, she said, “but it seems that the higher recovery cannot compensate for the decrease in tonnage.”
The SRA is now validating the information as a decrease in production will likely trigger a change in sugar allocation, she said.
Figures also indicate that the national sugar stock still continues to decrease as demand or withdrawal is still higher than production, Martin added.
The SRA will continue to monitor and analyze the situation especially when almost all mills in the country would have started milling by next month, Martin said.*CPG