Ferrer:  5 mills opening early for sugar milling

Early sugar milling starts in Negros Occidental*Ronnie Baldonado photo

Five sugar mills in Negros Occidental have announced their early reopening for the milling season, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said Wednesday, August 3.

They are First Farmers Holding Corp., Hawaiian Philippines Co., Victorias Milling Co., Universal Robina Corp. La Carlota and Sagay Central Inc., Ferrer said in a press release.

Ferrer said with the reopening of the sugar mills ahead of the usual milling season, he hopes the scarcity of sugar supply in the country will now be addressed.

“I made that appeal a couple of months ago when there were rumors of perceived sugar shortage in the country. And I am very much appreciative that our sugar mills responded favorably,” Ferrer said.

“With this, we hope we have contributed to resolving supply issue and in turn, we will also be seeing growth in our local economy,” he added.

The early start of the milling season is also going to be “beneficial” to our sugar farmers as it coincides with the reopening of the school year and “they have one less problem with additional expenses especially since some schools are now going to conduct face-to-face classes”, he said.*

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