Different pressing requests from the sugar trade are taming runaway costs of diesel, and offering subsidies for fertilizer inputs
President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. introduced on Monday, June 20, that he’ll take the agriculture portfolio as soon as he takes over the federal government on June 30.
Officers of Negros Occidental, which accounts for half of the Philippines’ total surgar output, instantly welcomed the announcement.
“We’re hopeful that the a lot awaited reforms within the sugar trade, together with the implementation of the sugar street map and full utilization of the Sugar Business Improvement Act fund, can be realized,” stated Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, who, together with a majority of mayors within the province, supported Marcos’ presidential bid.
Ferrer gave Rappler the sugar trade’s want listing for the incoming president:
Analysis on cane selection enchancment and farm equipmentProvision of complete drainage and irrigation systemsImprovement of street networksImprovement of different logistics infrastructure like ports to decrease price of farm inputs and transport of farm merchandise
The sugar trade additionally need the incoming administraation to tame runaway costs of gasoline, particularly diesel, which is a vital manufacturing and advertising and marketing enter; and offering subsidies for fertilizer inputs.
The value of urea, the fertilizer grade farmers use, jumped by 255% in a 12 months and a half. A 50-kilo bag that offered for P900 in mid-2020 was being offered for P2,300-2,400 per bag in January 2022.
The value of diesel in Bacolod Metropolis, the independently-administered capital of Negros Occidental, ranged from P87 to close P89 on Tuesday, June 21.
Throughout his administration, the late President Benigno Aquino III signed the Sugar Business Improvement Act because the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ready for the reducing of sugar import duties to five%.
Greater than seven years later, sugar producers have gone to court docket to cease the Sugar Regulatory Administration from importing 200,000 metric tons (MTs) on the top of the milling season. In addition they filed graft complaints in opposition to SRA officers for ignoring court docket injunctions.
Landowners and staff within the trade are united in opposing importation in the course of the milling season which, they stated, would harm them as this push down the costs of their produce.
What’s at stake?
The trade employs 720,000 staff in 20 sugar-producing provinces.
Of the estimated 82,000 growers of sugar cane in 2019, round 78,276 had been agrarian reform beneficiaries and small farmers or those that solely plant on 5 hectares of land or much less.
Throughout the nation, 423,333 hectares are planted with sugarcane, and Negros Occidental represents 53% of this land space.
The trade contributes P90 billion yearly to the nationwide economic system, with Negros Occidental accounting for greater than half. – MR