The young scholar from the sugar sector
While the youth in agriculture is a rarity in the industry — with the average age of Filipino farmers at present is 57 to 59 according to the Department of Agriculture — there are still people, like Jonel Ybañez, 23, who are determined to revitalize the embattled sector.
The “Poor Man’s” Sugar
Like many small entrepreneurs who don’t have access to bank financing, Jessie built his muscovado mill with interest-free government loans, which also paid for better equipment later.
Industry Study on Cane Sugar