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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Exec: Summit to formulate
reforms in sugar industry
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Reforms in the sugar industry being asked from them by the Philippine economic managers, who are pushing for the sugar import liberalization, are expected to be formulated during the industry summit February next year.

Raymund Montinola, spokesperson of the national Confederation of Sugar Producers, said they have started discussing possible scenarios and policies on how to counter the liberalization being pushed by the economic managers.

Pending proposals from various sugar industry stakeholders on how to reform the sugar industry, the proposed sugar import liberalization has been put on hold, following a meeting among Senate majority floor leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, and National Economic and Development Authority director-general Ernesto Pernia last week.

Rice confab seeks to address woes
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The first National Rice Industry Stakeholders’ Conference in Iloilo City is seeking to address the concerns in the industry, Negros Occidental Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday.

The conference, on the theme “Empowering Rice Farmers Organizations Anchored on Value Chain Systems”, was initiated by the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries.

The two-day activity that concluded yesterday was attended by more than 750 industry stakeholders from the country.

 


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