SRA threatens to withhold grants to sugarcane nurseries that fail to meet objectives
The Sugar Regulatory Authority will begin withholding grants to sugarcane nurseries for high yielding varieties for those that do not meet their project objectives.
SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin signed SRA memorandum circular no. 4 that lays out measures to ensure the successful implementation of high yielding sugarcane nursery projects in sugar milling districts funded by the SRA and the Sugar Industry Development Act.
Despite the issuance of the guidelines in March 26, 2013, the SRA said “there have been concerns relative to the attainment of project objectives which should be adequately addressed…”
To ensure the successful implementation of the nursery projects, the SRA said it has adopted a scorecard to better gauge the success or failure of the project.
“Failure of the project to come up with successful rating will require explanation/justification from all concerned and can be held as a deterrent for further project grants,” the memorandum circular said.
The SRA has four criteria with which to measure success: production and purchases which will account for 40 percent of the score; the number of beneficiaries which will account for 30 percent; the liquidation of expenses will account for 20 percent; and savings will account for 10 percent.
The SRA also released guidelines for better monitoring and reporting that will include the submission of quarterly reports which will provide details on the variety planted, the month, the area planted, among others. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)