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EDITORIAL: Sugar shortage suspect

A shopper picks a packet of sugar at a supermarket. Kenya has been unable to produce adequate quantities of sugar to meet local demand despite all the measures taken  over the decades in a bid to be self-sufficient. file photo | nmg
A shopper picks a packet of sugar at a supermarket. Kenya has been unable to produce adequate quantities of sugar to meet local demand despite all the measures taken over the decades in a bid to be self-sufficient. file photo | nmg 

Over the past couple of years, Kenya’s sugar industry has produced all but no sweet taste.

Instead, something fishy seems to be going on in the sweetener’s market where huge supply swings have become the order of the day and with it turbulent pricing of the commodity.

After going through a rough patch in 2016 and almost the past six months of this year, the Agriculture and Food Authority is now telling consumers to bite their lips hard as the earliest they can expect reprieve in prices is 2022.

Kenya has been unable to produce adequate quantities of sugar to meet local demand despite all the measures taken over the decades in a bid to be self-sufficient.