Manila, Philippines: The improved sugar output in the Philippines will help the country to reduce dependency on sugar import.
According to the US Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Services, the Philippines may reduce sugar import by 38 per cent to 200,000 metric tons from 325,000 MT last year.
Sugar production is expected to increase due to improved sugarcane genetics and farm management.
Earlier citing that there is sufficient domestic stock of sugar in the country and additional sugar would be produced from September when the cane crushing season starts, the industry associations had objected the proposals of sugar importation.
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