The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and other agencies – the Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Science and Technology, (DOST)
Province of Negros Occidental and the Alter Trade Foundation Incorporated held
the first ever Visayas Muscovado Sugar convention November 21 at the Social Hall
of SRA Bacolod.
Mayor Monico O. Puentevella together with the Bacolod City Organization of
Department Executives and Assistants (BACODEA), Inc. at Sipalay City during
their Tour of Negros.*
Rotary Club of Bacolod Boys and Girls lead by Mayor Jezra Daye Guides, pay a
courtesy call on Secretary to the Mayor Ramonito Lastima yesterday at the
Ceremonial Hall of the Bacolod People’s House, in relation to their Boys & Girls
Week celebration on November 24-28, 2014.* (CMO-PIO photo)
SRA La Granja Agricul-tural Research and Extension Center OIC and convention
chair Ma. Florencia Logroño said there are 166 existing muscovado mills in the
Visayas and additional four are up for operation.
Antique has the most muscovado mills numbering to 146, Negros Occidental has
eight, Negros Oriental has six, Iloilo has five, and Capiz has one.
According to Logroño, Visayas is producing 4,279.84 to 4,500 metric tons of
muscovado sugar from a total of 1,670 to 2,300 hectares of land.
In 2013, total muscovado export reached 1,829.31 metric tons that brought in
some $3.1 million to the local economy.
Major export markets for Philippine muscovado sugar are USA, Japan, Italy,
Germany, Switzerland, Russia, South Korea, Guam, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia,
Australia, Canada, Taiwan, France, Saudi Peninsula, United Kingdom, Malaysia,
Meanwhile, Fair Living Organization (FLO) International Consultant for
Indonesia, Philippines, Laos and Vietnam Hagung Hendrawan, guest speaker during
the convention said that Fair Trade International is assisting 16 small
cooperatives of mainly sugar farmers in the Philippines.
Muscovado trading, like most trading system, is like an hour glass where
there are millions of farmers and there are millions of consumers but in the
middle, there are only a few big companies bridging between producers and
consumers, really small number of traders in the whole trading system.