Sugar industry crisis gab set today

MORE than 300 leaders and members of sugar workers and farmers organizations are expected to attend the Sugar Industry Crisis Assembly at the Sugar Worker Development Center in Bacolod City today.

National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) secretary-general John Milton Lozande, in a statement Tuesday, said issues on the recent predicament gripping the sugar industry will be tackled.

The statement noted that average sugar price right now is “very unstable” at P1,370 per 50-kilo bag compared to last year’s P1,800 per 50-kilo bag.
“It seems that the recent price of sugar never recovered when the issue of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) erupted last crop year, despite the slowdown of its importation,” the statement said.

It added: “This opening price of sugar brings restlessness to big and small planters, agrarian reform beneficiaries and sugar workers alike which seemingly herald a bleak future.”

Moreover, the statement said that a “Sugar and More” summit that was spearheaded by the provincial government was held last month.

“The meeting was initiated by big sugar planters and millers to discuss the predicament,” Lozande said in a statement, adding the body agreed during the summit that resolutions will be submitted to concerned agencies, outlining list of policies and demands from government that will supposedly protect the industry.

“While seemingly assuming the position that represents all sugar industry stakeholders, their list of resolutions is devoid of substances that touch the welfare of the sugar worker which is the most affected sectors and the backbone of the sugar industry,” the statement said.
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