Name new SRA head, Piñol urged
Local sugarcane industry stakeholders are urging Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to immediately appoint a new head for the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), which formulates laws and policies at the start of every cropping season.
“At present, we are in a status quo. We can’t even draft a new sugar policy, which is crucial when programming our production and allocations,” a high-ranking SRA official said, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal.
Besides the agency not having a formal head, the official added that the industry remains in limbo because Piñol has yet to appoint members of the sugar board with only less than a month before the start of the new cropping season in September.
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