SUGAR leaders will defend the sugar industry Tuesday, May 16 in a hearing at the House of Representatives on the unabated entry of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the country.
House committee on agriculture led by Anac-IP party-list Representative Jose Panganiban Jr. will lead the inquiry, which will be attended by leaders of sugar planters associations, and agrarian reform beneficiaries, among others, from Negros Occidental.
Bacolod City Representative Greg Gasataya will present the situation of the sugar industry.
“There is a need to regulate the importation, sale, and use of HFCS to protect our sugar industry and sugarcane farmers, farm workers, landowners, cooperative, and the health of our consumers, and we insist our sugar industry to be competitive in both the domestic and the international markets,” Gasataya said.
On April 18, a joint Senate committee hearing on the impact of increasing HFCS importation was also conducted. (MPE)