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Lack of cane cited as sugar industry’s bitter hindrance

A CRANE OFFLOADS SUGARCANE FROM A TRACTOR. FILE PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI
A CRANE OFFLOADS SUGARCANE FROM A TRACTOR. FILE PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI 

Sugarcane farmers have decried lack of support from the government despite new efforts to revive the ailing sector.

The Kenya Sugarcane Plantation Workers Union (KSPWU) and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry said new private sugar companies have been licensed to operate yet no plans have been put in place to boost cane production.

“The biggest problem in the sugar industry emanated from licensing of private sugar companies without inadequate cane,” said KSPWU Secretary general Francis Wangara.

He said the remedy to the woes besetting the sector lies in helping farmers to develop cane.

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