El Salvador: The Neverending Fight Over Sugar Profits

A study planned by the Ministry of Economy on the costs of production and marketing of sugar, could help resolve the conflict between sugarcane cultivators and agro industrialists.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sugarcane farmers continue to demand that they receive an additional payment as part of the revenues generated by the mills from the sale of surplus energy produced. A study that the Ministry of Economy announced that it will carry out, will allow an analysis to be made of the costs of production, consumption and marketing of sugar and honey, and the generation of energy through bagasse. With this study, it will be possible to determine if a reform is necessary to the Law on Production, Industrialization and Commercialization of the Sugar Agroindustry, as proposed by sugarcane farmers. 

See also "Sugar in Central America: Export Volume Down 21%"

"... The law, which regulates all of the sugar agro industry, establishes that every year a technical study is carried out, from which inputs are generated for the Regulation of the Sugar Cane Payment System. However, since 2001, when it came into effect, no such analysis has ever been carried out with these characteristics."

"... This regulation would define the economic value of sugar and honey, which has been maintained for the last 16 years at 54.5% for producers, and 44.5% for mills. The head of the Minec, Tharsis Salomón López, explained to Elmundo.sv that "... "The law does not say that the study will determine the percentage, but that the study will help producers and refiners to agree on what the percentage will be. Now there will be a technical basis for discussing and deciding how to negotiate all of the variables."

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