The Integrated Sugarcane Growers of Negros Inc. marked its 5th anniversary with a general assembly at the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters Skills Training Center in Alijis, Bacolod City recently, a press release from the group said.
ISGNI president Enrique Rojas thanked the more than 400 member-planters, mostly small farmers from Bacolod, Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto, who attended the assembly.
Rojas, who is also the president of the NFSP, assured the planters that the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines and the Sugar Regulatory Administration are working hard to prepare the sugar industry and lessen the impact of zero tariff in 2015, the press release said.
“We are fast-tracking the establishment of more ethanol distilleries and electric power cogeneration plants using biomass from sugarcane. With the added revenue stream from ethanol and electric power, we can keep the sugar industry viable when prices of domestic sugar are not so favorable for us producers,” Rojas said.
He informed the members that the Bacolod Murcia Sugarcane Growers Mill District Development Council headed by its chairman Enrique Rojas Jr. continues to provide cane points of high-yielding varieties and offers the services of a pool of tractors for the members’ custom plowing needs.
“I urge you to avail of the HYV cane points and the tractor services of our MDDC to increase the productivity of your farms. To be competitive by 2015, our farms must produce at least 70 tons cane per hectare with a yield of no less than 2 LKg/TC,” Rojas told the planters.
During the assembly, the members elected the new set of ISGNI Board of Directors for Crop Year 2013-2014 composed of Enrique Rojas, Betty Ditching, Francis Rojas, Roberto Gonzaga, Enrique Rojas Jr., Augurio Ledesma, Jose Gerry Garaygay, Paolo Rojas, Roy Rio, Jose Ma. Benedicto and Murcia Vice Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas, the press release said.
“Rest assured that we in the Sugar Alliance are working for the welfare of the sugar industry in general while we, the officers of our association, are also working hard to continue improving our services to you, our planter-members,” Rojas said.
ISGNI also held a raffle with farm implements and appliances as minor prizes and two carabaos as the major prize. Jose Ma. Benedicto of Hda. Talotog, Murcia and Mendelyn Bonache, a small farmer from Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod, won the two carabaos.*