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SIFI investing in ‘modern’
sugarcane farm technicians

The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc., in coordination with the Sugar Regulatory Administration, is sending children of sugarcane farm workers to a training program at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod so they could become modern farm technicians, SIFI president Edith Villanueva, said yesterday.

Villanueva said these children, who are high school graduates, will be taught methods in pest control, harvesting, planting and cultivation and were also educated concepts on labor laws and financial management.

The batch will be enrolled in September but unlike the previous one, this will only last for four months and then they will undergo on-the-job trainings.

Sugar planters want that if these people become their employees, they must be skilled, productive and efficient so the country can compete with other sugar-producing nations like Thailand and Brazil”, she said.*APN

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