El Nino may hit sugar production in Philippines

Manila, Philippines: The impact of El Nino this year will hit sugar production in the Philippines, reports Philstar.

Manuel Lamata, President, United Sugar Producers Federation (UNIFED), Said, “The sugar production will fall by 10 % to 15% ie 180,000 MT to 200,000 MT if the El-Nino is severe”.

The mild El-Nino could result in lowering sugar production by 5 per cent, he said.
The El-Nino phenomenon is likely to start in the later phase of the year when the sugar plantation season starts.

The Sugar Regularly Administration should make out a plan to see if it needs to import more sugar than usual, he said.

He has projected a total output of 1.6 million MT sugar for the next cropping year which indicates a drop of 200,000 MT compared to last season’s 1.8 million MT.


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