Open letter to sugarcane planters and SRA


BUGTAW NA! There is imminent, real danger for all sugarcane producers, yet majority remain in the dark just why strong rumors abound that the opening price of sugar per LKG come September 2019 is only P1,350.

At this price, many of our small planters, mostly CARP beneficiaries, will certainly be “PIERDE”— LUGI na. But why such a projected drop in the opening price of sugar/LKG?

Those “in the KNOW”, the Sugar Regulatory Authority or SRA, and some of our sugar industry leaders used to say in the near past that “we must export our SURPLUS sugar KUNO”. Well today, as maverick sugarcane miller Stephen Chan boldly stated, “This is a lie (the supposed sugar surplus). We have no such surplus.”

Yet another “predictive” statement made by the de facto “Sugar Authorities” points to the need for sugar producers “to fulfill their obligations to the US Quota KUNO”.

Well, they have, not too long ago been forced to admit sugar producers have no such obligations.”  So what’s the real story?

The sugarcane PLANTERS, the sector most affected in the sugar industry, the ones who absorb the high cost of labor and inputs, and suffer most the vagaries of the world market, NEED TO KNOW.

The SRA is mandated by LAW to come out each year (traditionally before the start of a new milling season) with the current SUGAR QUOTA holdings for A, B and D. As the one BODY tasked by government in the publication of the prevailing price of sugar, it MUST COME OUT CLEAN in its pronouncements.

But why the mishmash of information and pronouncements coming from the SRA, which incidentally, has only one planter in its Board, one sugar federation representative, one miller, and  save for the chairman, who is the Department of Agriculture Secretary, has all SRA officers and directors?

In truth, the vast majority of the medium and small planters are not fairly represented in the SRA Board of Directors who determine the movement and price of sugar trading.

WHO or WHAT sectors have been profiting from the confusing and outright deceptive SRA pronouncements? Why the recurring’ claim of sugar “surplus” production which ordinary planters, not in the know, innocently accept.

As a sugar industry expert miller/trader puts it, “It’s like this: the more sugars they can export, the more replacement sugars they can Import. This export-import business is very profitable, and they (the strategic grouping of SRA, traders and some sugar industry leaders aptly rewarded) want to keep it going.

Ang malain lang, they want us to subsidize this business for them by allocating us “A” sugars. .Para may excuse sila, amo ini ila gina palusot nga estorya. But such is nonsensical. For to have a SURPLUS means to produce more than what we consume. Consumption is around 2.7 M tons. So, they are worried we might suddenly produce 2.8 M tons this year?

If SRA insists on “serving their beloved US Quota, there is a way around it…BASTA WITHOUT making us producers subsidize their business. How ?

We simply quedan 100 percent “B”. Let whoever trader volunteer to ship his “B” to the US Quota. In return, whoever serves the quota will be given the right to import 1.25 times what he exported.”

 This is not a hard task for the SRA , if it truly serves the interest of the majority of the planters. Just last week, SRA reserved 100k Imports for Industrials and 150k reserved for traders. SRA can just as easily reserve 175k imports to whoever served the 140k US Quota. They already practiced this before, they can do it again.

It is high time for the SRA to prove who it truly serves. – VIOLETA LOPEZ

2018/2019 Sugar Cane Crop Opens While World Sugar Prices Continue Declining

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The mills at the A.S.R./B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill cranked up this morning to give way to the 2018-2018 sugar cane crop. Production is expected to be in the range of one hundred and forty thousand metric tons for the export market where there is already a surplus of sugar. The millers last year invested more than twenty million dollars to mitigate the impact of the drop in prices. They want to increase production of Direction Consumption Sugar and enter new markets which are posing new challenges. Given the circumstances, there is nervousness among cane farmers who find themselves at a difficult juncture. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

Buying sugar will be expensive! Price may increase by 8 percent


Sugar prices may increase in the coming months. In fact, Crisil Research has said in a report that sugar production may decline due to adverse weather conditions in parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Due to this, the price of sugar is expected to increase by 8 percent. According to Crisil, the price of sugar may increase to Rs 33-34 per kg in the season up to September 2020. Let us know that the Chinese session is from October 2019 to September 2020.

10% production reduction

It has been reported in the report that there can be a 10 percent reduction in sugar production. Apart from this, due to a 20 percent increase in exports, sugar reserves may also fall. According to the report, after the announcement of lump sum export subsidy, sugar exports for the session 2019 are estimated to be 38 lakh tonnes, which may increase to 45 – 50 lakh tonnes in the session 2020. Due to this, there is a possibility of an increase in sugar prices.

In fact, for the session 2019, the government had decided to provide a transport subsidy of Rs 1,000-3,000 per tonne for the sugar exported as well as a raw material subsidy of Rs 139 per tonne for sugarcane. Transportation subsidy of Rs 1,000-3,000 per tonne on exported sugar will be decided based on the distance between the nearest port from the exporting sugar mill.

Overall, this subsidy will be Rs 2,300-4,300 per tonne on exported sugar. However, Crisil believes that it is not easy to achieve the export target of 6 million tonnes of sugar. In fact, sugar prices are expected to remain weak in the international market due to more global reserves.

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Farmers demand hike in sugar cane price


MARDAN: Anjuman-i-Kashtkaraan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has demanded of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government to fix suitable price of sugar cane crop as its season will start in the next few days.

After a meeting of Anjuman-i-Kashtkaraan held here on Wednesday at the hujra (guesthouse) of Noshad Ali Khan in Katlang locality, its president Niamat Shah Roghani said that majority of sugar cane farmers belonged to the lower middle class and they needed to get a suitable price for their crop.

He said that the Sugar Mills, Mardan, and Sugar Mills, Khazana, were functional owing to the hard work of the local farmers. He said that the area was also producing the best quality Gur.

Mr Roghani urged the relevant authorities to give concession to the sugar mills’ owners in taxes so that they would be able to offer good price to the farmers for buying their sugar cane crop.

ELECTROCUTED: Two persons were electrocuted in separate incidents here on Wednesday.

Rescue officials and local people said that one Ihsan Jan, 35, was electrocuted while repairing a generator at his home in Sharifabad locality.

They said that Mr Jan died on the spot.

Another man identified as Shabir Ahmad of Gari Kapora area was also allegedly electrocuted at his home.

‘Snack Tax’ Will Have Much Greater Impact Than Levy on Soft Drinks


Taxing sugary snacks like cookies and cakes may have a substantially larger impact in fighting obesity than levies on sweetened drinks, suggests a new study.

Using economic modeling, UK researchers found that increasing sugary snack prices by 20% had an effect on annual calorie intake, body mass index (BMI), and obesity prevalence much greater than that of a similar price increase in sweetened beverages.

Taxing sugary snacks would be linked to an estimated 2.7% decrease in the prevalence of obesity in the UK in the first year, they estimate.

“This analysis provides policymakers with estimates of the relative magnitude of plausible impacts if a scenario of price increase in high sugar snacks were to be implemented and suggests that this option is worthy of further research and consideration as part of an integrated approach to tackling obesity,” write Pauline Scheelbeek, MPH, PhD, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues in their article published online in BMJ.

In an accompanying editorial, J. Bernadette Moore, PhD, University of Leeds, UK, and Barbara A. Fielding, PhD, University of Surrey, UK, write: “The novelty in Scheelbeek and colleagues’ data is the suggestion that increasing the price of sugary snacks might be more effective at reducing BMI than increasing the price of sugar sweetened beverages.”

The results are likely relevant to other countries where consumption of sugar sweetened beverages has decreased in response to research, policy, and advocacy activities, they note.

Additional Interventions Needed to Reduce Sugar Intake

Between 1975 and 2016, rates of obesity tripled worldwide. In the UK, obesity is estimated to affect around one in four adults and one in five children aged 10 to 11 years, with higher rates among those living in more deprived areas.

The use of taxes to lower sugar and energy intake have mainly focused on sugar sweetened drinks and there is currently a “sugar” tax on such beverages in the UK, introduced in 2018.

But high sugar snacks, such as cakes, chocolates, and sweets, make up more free sugar and energy intake than soft drinks in the UK, so reducing these purchases has the potential to make a greater impact on population health, the researchers point out.

They add that several countries, including Mexico, Finland, and Hungary, have introduced taxes on unhealthy foods, including high sugar snacks. “Early evaluations show a major reduction in the purchase of such foods,” they note.

Encouraged by the large reformulation efforts of the food industry after the soft drink industry levy was introduced, Public Health England developed a voluntary sugar reduction and reformulation program for snacks, “but the initiative has been only modestly successful…highlighting the need for additional interventions to reduce sugar intake,” say Scheelbeek and coauthors.

Average Weight of UK Adult Would Drop by 1.3 kg a Year

Their analysis included nationally representative data from 36,324 households and 2544 adults in the UK. Researchers separated analyses by income group and BMI (overweight: BMI ≥ 25 and < 30 kg/m2; obesity: BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2).

Results for all income groups combined showed that increasing the price of sugary snacks by 20% would result in an average annual decrease in consumption of 8900 calories, an average decrease in weight of 1.3 kg (2.2 lb), and an average drop in BMI of 0.53 kg/m2, in the first year

These changes would lead to a drop in the prevalence of obesity of 2.68% in the first year, the researchers estimate.

Furthermore, the impact of taxing sugary snacks was much greater than a similar price increase for sugary drinks, which was linked to weight loss of only 0.2 kg (0.4 lb) in the first year.

They also found that the impact of taxing sugary snacks would be largest in low income groups. Among low income households, the prevalence of obesity would drop by 3.1%, compared with 2.5% in middle income households and 2.3% in high income households.

The authors note that these findings may also be applicable to countries with similar eating habits to the UK, such as Australia — where sugary snacks are a greater culprit in the contribution to obesity than soft drinks — but might not apply to countries where people drink a lot of sugary beverages, like Mexico.

Taxing Sweet Snacks Doesn’t up Consumption of Healthy Foods

In their editorial, however, Moore and Fielding also urge caution when interpreting the results.

“The reformulation of products in response to consumer demand can…have unintended consequences, such as substituting one unhealthy ingredient for another,” they observe.

And while fiscal policies aimed at reducing consumption of sugar, salt, and saturated fat “might be useful,” they “fail to incentivize the consumption of healthy foods.”

Ultimately, tackling obesity- and diet-related diseases requires close scrutiny of the social determinants of food environments and “a systemic, sustained group of initiatives aimed at reducing health inequalities,” they conclude.

England’s former chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has previously said the UK government should be prepared to impose higher taxes on unhealthy foods and use the proceeds to make fruit and vegetables more affordable.

One or more authors have reported receiving support from the National Institute for Health Research Policy Research Programme. Moore and Fielding have reported no relevant financial relationships.

Obesity: raising price of sugary snacks may be more effective than soft drink tax


Increasing the price of sugary snacks such as biscuits, cakes, and sweets could be more effective at cutting obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar sweetened drinks, says a study published in The BMJ.1

The modelling study estimated the potential effect on body mass index (BMI) and the prevalence of obesity from a 20% price increase for high sugar snacks. It found that the effect on prevalence (2.7 percentage points) was double the level from a similar price increase on sugar sweetened drinks (1.3 percentage points).

Snack Tax May Be More Effective Than a Sugary Drink Tax to Tackle Obesity


Taxing high sugar snacks such as biscuits, cakes, and sweets might be more effective at reducing obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar sweetened drinks, suggests a study published by The BMJ.

Taxing high sugar snacks such as biscuits, cakes, and sweets might be more effective at reducing obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar sweetened drinks, suggests a study published by The BMJ.

The researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Exeter and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say this option ‘is worthy of further research and consideration as part of an integrated approach to tackling obesity.’

Obesity rates are increasing across the world. In the UK, obesity is estimated to affect around 1 in every 4 adults and around 1 in every 5 children aged 10 to 11, with higher rates among those living in more deprived areas.

The use of taxes to lower sugar and energy intake have mainly focused on sugar sweetened drinks. But in the UK, high sugar snacks, such as biscuits, cakes, chocolates and sweets make up more free sugar and energy intake than sugary drinks.