Raw sugar output in the Philippines for the crop year 2021-22 starting from September is expected to be 2.1 million metric tons (MT), stated the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
As per the report by the Foreign Agricultural Services of UDSA the sugar output is expected to be flat due to unfavourable climate and low farm productivity.
“The decline in area under sugarcane cultivation and lower farm output in areas outside Negros Island is the result behind the lower output. While the industry aims to boost yields, results are not expected for two to three years when funds and implementation strategies are in place,” said USDA.
“The drought, as well as heavy rainfall, is impacting the output and the farmers are shifting to some more profitable crops,” it said.