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Local sugar farmers wary of ASEAN full integration

Published by rudy Date posted on August 18, 2012

The domestic sugar industry has warned of the possible influx of sugar from Thailand once the full economic integration of ASEAN comes into full effect in less than three years from now.

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Sugar production target exceeded

Published by rudy Date posted on July 18, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines exceeded its sugar production target for the current crop year at the end of the million season, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA). The SRA said that domestic sugar production reached 2.243 million metric tons (MT) as of July 8, slightly higher than the target production of 2.242 million…

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Sugar leaders lobby to retain US quota

Published by rudy Date posted on May 23, 2012

LEADERS of the Philippine sugar industry met with the American government officials at Washington, DC, USA on Tuesday to lobby for the retention of the country’s sugar quota with the favored US sugar market.

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US grants extra quota for Philippine sugar exports

Published by rudy Date posted on April 23, 2012

THE PHILIPPINES has received an additional raw sugar quota of 72,374 metric tons (MT) from the United States, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said today.

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Sugar producers to sell 250,000 tons to meet global market demand

Published by rudy Date posted on October 11, 2011

THE Philippines expects shipments of some 250,000 tons of sugar to the world market by end of this year driven by strong demand from Asian countries and the United States, the Sugar Regulatory Administration said on Monday.

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Manila cuts sugar imports on supply glut

Published by rudy Date posted on September 24, 2011

THE Philippines will no longer import sugar from Thailand this year because of a production surplus and low demand for the sweetener in the domestic market, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said on Friday.

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2011-2012 sugar exports may nearly double — SRA

Published by rudy Date posted on September 9, 2011

PHILIPPINE sugar exports in the current crop year ending August 2012 may climb around 86% from a year ago with a forecast surplus, the industry regulator yesterday said, adding to a global oversupply.

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Philippines sees more sugar exports to non-US markets

Published by rudy Date posted on September 2, 2011

* Output seen at 2.4 million tons in 2011/2012, nearly flat vs 2010/11 MANILA, Philippines – The government expects sugar output in crop year ending August 2012 of around 2.4 million tons, nearly flat from the previous year, and may sell the sweetener to other countries on top of its US quota for a second…

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Sweet year for Philippine sugar planters

Published by rudy Date posted on August 20, 2011

This is going to be a sweet year for the country’s sugar industry. Enjoying a bumper harvest, the Philippines is poised to export at least 300,000 metric tons of raw and refined sugar this year, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said Friday.

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SRA draws up roadmap for sugar industry

Published by rudy Date posted on August 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Once described as a sunset industry, the sugar industry has shown its resilience, surmounting one challenge after another. This time around, the sector faces yet another big challenge as tariff rates within the region are set to go down dramatically in line with the Asean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA).

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Tokyo, Jakarta buy sugar

Published by rudy Date posted on July 26, 2011

At least two countries have placed orders to buy Philippine sugar, the Sugar Regulatory Administration said Monday. “Japan has ordered for 37,000 metric tons and Indonesia for 8,500 MT,” SRA manager for planning Rosemarie Gumera said in an interview.

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US grants Phl additional sugar allocation

Published by rudy Date posted on July 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The United States has granted the Philippines an additional sugar allocation of 18, 824 metric tons, the Sugar Regulatory Administration said yesterday. According to the SRA, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has granted an additional Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) for raw sugar equivalent of 19,648 MTRV which is…

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Phl gets no sugar allocation under US new tariff quota system

Published by rudy Date posted on June 29, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has not been given a sugar allocation by the United States under its new tariff rate quota. The omission was noted by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) which has asked the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to rectify the oversight.

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Boycott to cut Coke sales by 50%: Sugar Watch

Published by rudy Date posted on June 21, 2011

THE boycott of Coca-Cola products to be launched by consumer group, Sugar Watch, in Negros Occidental on June 22 is seen to cut more than 50 percent of the company’s gross sales in the province.

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P-Noy asked to intervene to prevent looming sugar crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on June 9, 2011

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. has called on President Aquino to intervene to prevent a looming crisis in the sugar industry. The governor said sugar trading in Negros Occidental has stopped because of overproduction, and the sugar planters and producers, especially the small ones, will greatly suffer very soon. “We…

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US awards Phl additional 60,000-MT sugar quota

Published by rudy Date posted on April 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has been allocated by the US government an additional sugar export quota of 60,000 metric tons raw value (MTRV).

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Oil and sugar smuggling still going on?

Published by rudy Date posted on March 9, 2011

With gasoline at an all-time high, thanks to the Libyan crisis, whatever economic gains we may have had in the past few months will surely go to naught. But last Saturday, I was quite surprised that the nightspots in Metro Cebu were bustling with business and traffic was heavy in many areas which only tells…

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Shortage in global supply of sugar looms

Published by rudy Date posted on February 8, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) – World sugar supplies will probably fall short of demand, said Rabobank Groep, after a cyclone with winds stronger than Hurricane Katrina destroyed homes and smashed crops in Australia, driving prices to 30-year highs.

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Sugar prices seen firm in 2011 on supply shortage

Published by rudy Date posted on February 2, 2011

THE Philippines’ biggest sugar miller expects prices of the commodity to remain high throughout 2011, allowing the company to eliminate its deficit when its fiscal year ends in August.

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Sugar prices rising; controls ruled out

Published by rudy Date posted on January 31, 2011

Retail prices of sugar are on the upswing but authorities will not impose controls just yet, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

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Sugar stakeholders seek Palace assistance

Published by rudy Date posted on August 9, 2010

Some 100 sugarcane industry stakeholders asked the support of the Department of Agriculture during a recent dialogue in providing the necessary equipment in the mechanization of sugarcane production for both sugar and ethanol. Sugarcane farmers, particularly members of sugar Mill District Development Committees (MDDCs), said that the government should help them acquire tractors, irrigation systems…

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Govt to bolster sugar output in 5 years

Published by rudy Date posted on July 21, 2010

The government plans to strengthen the sugar industry by increasing output within the next five years in preparation for the zero tariff regime in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations by 2015.

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RP secures bigger sugar quota allocation to US

Published by rudy Date posted on May 7, 2010

The Philippines has secured a bigger sugar quota allocation to the US this year, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

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Sugar smuggling hit anew

Published by rudy Date posted on April 23, 2010

The TUCP Party-List has called the Bureau of Customs incompetent and inutile in stamping out the rampant sugar smuggling that hurts the local sugar industry, most especially the poor sugar farmers and producers, a press release from the group said.

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US allocates additional sugar export quota to RP

Published by rudy Date posted on April 23, 2010

The Philippines could ship more sugar to the US, after the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) reallocated to 25 countries this fiscal year’s unused quota on imported raw cane sugar.

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Sugar ‘export replacement’ scheme to start

Published by rudy Date posted on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines–The government is pushing through with its ‘export replacement’ scheme where 90,000 tons of sugar exported last year would be imported by concerned traders to boost local stocks.

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Save the sugar farming sector

Published by rudy Date posted on February 27, 2010

PERHAPS because the President and the First Gentleman are from sugar-farming provinces, the Arroyo administration worked successfully to defer implementation  of zero tariff on sugar trading within the Asean Free Trade Area.

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Think of the sugar farmers too

Published by rudy Date posted on February 10, 2010

Apparently pressured by TV Patrol’s constant hammering on rising sugar prices, Agriculture Secretary Art Yap called me one evening shortly after the newscast went on air, to sound me out on some options they are considering. Not surprisingly, price control is on top of their agenda, as is tax free importation of sugar to flood…

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Hoarding behind high sugar prices — traders

Published by rudy Date posted on February 8, 2010

Food exporters suspect hoarding of sugar as the main reason for the rocketing price of the commodity and called on government to immediately step in to help avert the collapse of the food export industry due to possible supply manipulation.

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Sugar shortage looms

Published by rudy Date posted on February 3, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – There might be fewer sugar products on store shelves in the coming days as supermarkets plan to pull them out due to rising prices, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said yesterday.

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