As mentioned at the top of the story, while the 2014/2015 sugar crop season proved to be a huge success when it comes to cane quality there is a sour taste left in the mouths of cane farmers who were not able to deliver one single ton of cane.
What will happen to them or their production is yet unknown. What we do know is that so far figures show that last year 138 cane farmers were unable to deliver their cane to the factory. This year that number reduced to 65 out of 5,440 registered farmers.
The problem is one that stakeholders hope to resolve with the implementation of Sugar Industry Management Information System (SIMIS) which is designed to collect information continuously for the Sugar Industry in three levels: the general Information of the farmer, Information of the cane fields and finally information generated by the mill during the crop season.
Belizario Carballo- Chief Financial Officer BSI/ASR
“We don’t have that capability at this time and so we started the crop lying and just generality where cane is and how much but we need to be able to develop a system with information and that is what the industry has embarked on the project called Sugar Industry Management Information System and that system is aimed at assessing the amount of production that each farmer has so once you are registered as a farmer you need to be able to say how much acres you have of cane and what is the production on that cane and that is then evaluated by SIRDI, the technical personnel of the industry and then you are given a production estimate based on that survey and so you can go on a farmer by farmer basis throughout the crop and reassess how he is doing against his estimate and once that is done then you can be able to adjust and you are also be able to adjust on the basis to be fair to each and every individual farmer and that is where we want to get to, we want to move away on these estimation by location and general estimation that creates controversy because then individual farmer say but I don’t have that I have better production result than this other farmer we want and we need to get to a place where we can have proper estimation by farmer and that will be achieved on the SIMIS.”
While it is not expected that the SIMIS project will be fully implemented for the next crop season, it is the hope of stakeholders that it will help alleviate some of the problems experienced by the industry as it relates to production.
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