The Department of Agriculture, in coordination with the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), will start selling sugar at P70.00 per kilo at SRA Quezon City and Bacolod City Offices.
In addition, the Kadiwa rolling stores and Kadiwa on Wheels will be selling sugar at the same price to make sugar affordable and accessible to consumers.
Sugar sold by DA-SRA, through the Kadiwa stores are intended for direct consumers and are not for resale.
Consistent with government’s commitment to make basic commodity affordable to the common Filipino people, the DA-SRA has asked each importer under the Sugar Importation Policy for Crop Year 2022-2023 to commit ten percent (10%) of their imported sugar allocation to be sold, through DA and at P70.00/kilo in order to have ample supply of affordable sugar.
According to SRA, the initiative is a temporary measure while awaiting sugar mills to be in full swing
The Sugar agency added that once majority of the country’s sugar mills operate fully, sufficient supply of affordable sugar will be available.
The local supply has been augmented by the volume imported under Sugar Order 2 through the efforts of the private importers.
As October 14, 2022, SRA has issued Clearances for Imported Sugar to 13 International Sugar Traders with a total volume of 33,772.50 metric tons of refined sugar that is intended for consumers and end users. Part of this sugar will be distributed/sold (at 70to80 php per kilo) to various groceries and supermarkets as well as public and wet markets thru the Kadiwa Project of the Department of Agriculture and the SRA.
Aside from this the SRA also had issued clearances with total volume of 6,625 metric tons that is intended for industrial users.
The imported sugar are expected to arrive the country between the months of October to November 2022. ### (DA-SRA)