Sugar production declines in Philippines

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Manila: Sugar production in the country continues to decline for the the sixth consecutive week with the output reporting 9.5 per cent lower in the fourth week of April, reports local media.

According to the Sugar Regulatory Authority, raw sugar production in the country on April 24 was 1.67 million metric tons (MT) as against 1.85 MT during the same period last year. The decline is higher than the 7.9 percent decline registered in the week before to 1.63 million MT.

SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica said that the lower sugar output is due to the impact of typhoons like Odette last year and the reduction in sunlight due to La Nina and excessive rain.

Amid the lower production and rising prices, the SRA has been demanding for sugar importation.

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