Sugar production increases in Philippines

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Manila: The domestic sugar production in the Philippines has increased after two years of lower production. Government officials attribute the favourable weather condition for increased sugar output.

According to the media report, Roland Beltran, member of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said that the country’s sugar production by July 5 was 2.39 million metric tonnes surpassing the government’s target of 2.09 million metric tonnes.

This is 15 per cent more than the sugar produced during 2018-19 season (2.074 million metric tonnes) and 14 per cent more than 2017-18 season (2.08 million metric tonnes). The sugarcane crop year in the Philippines begins on September 1 and ends on August 31.

Around six weeks are left to end this crop season and the favourable weather has helped to increase sugar output this season. The coronavirus did not impact sugar production as sugar mills continued crushing season during a lockdown.

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