CONFED and PHILSURIN Connect
Increased farm production results to improved revenues at all price levels. Based on this fundamental reality in sugar farming, CONFED embarks on a program to bring meaningful and sustainable advantage to its association-members and their farmers NATIONWIDE.
Essential to increased farm yield is the introduction of new sugarcane varieties in the farms. The Philippine Sugar Research Institute (PHILSURIN), created in 1995, breeds new High Yielding Varieties of sugarcane. These HYVs are dispersed for release to stakeholders every year. The group’s Sugarcane Variety Improvement Program team leads this unceasing quest for the best varieties. Since year 2020, PHILSURIN released 11 new HYVs. More are in the pipeline.
In this new program, CONFED will actively campaign to establish seed farms throughout the country by creating a template of collaboration between CONFED allied farmers or millers, and PHILSURIN. CONFED will stand as a committed third party enabler, bringing the key players to the table and creating a platform for sharing best practices. PHILSURIN will then develop a database to record HYVs suitable for certain conditions and practices, within a specific geographical area.
PHILSURIN HYVs for Specific Conditions & Practices (for Negros)
Conditions & Practices
For early milling
PSR 07-195, PSR 04-172, PSR 01-136, PSR 02-247
For mechanized harvesting
PSR 07-195, PSR 04-172, PSR 01-136, PSR 02-247, PSR 02-272
For marginal areas
For upland areas
East to grow variety
For widespread planting
PSR 03-171, PSR 07-195, PSR 07-66
The advantages of using new PHILSURIN HYVs is promising in the face of declining yield performance of existing varieties due to changing weather conditions, evolving pests and diseases, and deteriorating soil quality.
Actual Commercial Performance of PHILSURIN HYVs in planter fields (CY 2022-2023)
Using new HYVs, PHILSURIN projected positive increments in yield over the national average of CY 2021-2022: Increased TC/Ha by 14%, LKg/TC by 8%, and LKg/Ha by 23%. These translate to higher profit generation, showing upturns in Gross Sugar Revenue/Ha by 23%, Gross Molasses Revenue/Ha by 14%, and Total Planter’s Share/Ha by 22%.