Migration of workers slows sugar production
Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) fears that migration of workers could further slowdown sugar production in the country.
SRA Chief Hermenegildo Serafica said that while he is hopeful that the country’s sugar production will still improve this cropping season, he is also aware that a lot of sugarcane cutters are migrating into other jobs.
Most of them, according to him, are moving to construction industry where there’s a lot of opportunity because of the administration’s ‘build, build, build’ program.
For the crop year 2017 to 2018, sugar production is seen to go down to 2.27 million metric tons (MT) due to heavy rains experienced in Visayas and Mindanao.
“I still hope and pray that the sugar production will recover,” Serafica said.
Sugar crop year starts every September and ends in August.